16 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

16 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Uusikaupunki
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Uusikaupunki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 8 nights
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rosala
— 1 night
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Shenzhen

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Uusikaupunki

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): examine the collection at Automobile Museum, then examine the collection at Bonk Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Uusikaupunki Old Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): go for a stroll along the water at Katanpaa and then visit a coastal fixture at Isokari Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Uusikaupunki trip planner.

Shenzhen, China to Uusikaupunki is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Shenzhen to Uusikaupunki, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Shenzhen in May; daily highs in Uusikaupunki reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Uusikaupunki

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Turku

— 8 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Change things up with a short trip to Louhisaari Manor in Askainen (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku planning website.

Traveling by car from Uusikaupunki to Turku takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kimito Island

— 3 nights
Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring nature at Archipelago National Park.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kimito Island trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Kimito Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rosala.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Rosala

— 1 night
On the 17th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Rosala Viking Centre, visit a coastal fixture at Bengtskar Lighthouse, and then step off the mainland to explore Rosala.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rosala travel route planner.

Drive from Kimito Island to Rosala in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Rosala sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rosala

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Southwest Finland travel guide

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Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Southwest Finland, also known in English as Finland Proper is the region in south-western Finland that borders the regions of Satakunta and Tavastia Proper. Its capital and biggest city is Turku with 182,000 inhabitants and metro population of 316,000. Turku was also the most important city in Finland from its establishment around the 13th century until the 1840s.The area comprising the southwest is largely the same as the historical province of Finland Proper, so named because it is the original home of the tribe known as the Finns. 5.7% of population of the region speaks Swedish natively.Origin of the nameThe name of Finland Proper has a historical function. In historic times, in the area of the present southern Finland lived three tribes, which were the Finns, the Tavastians and the Karelians. The southwestern part of the country, the province where the Finns lived, was called simply Finland (Finnish: Suomi). In the 17th century the name began to be used to refer to the whole land and a specified name for the lesser Finland was required. The first notes Fennigia specialiter dicta and Fennigia presse dicta were recorded in Latin in the 1650s and the Swedish Finland för sig sielft and Egenteliga Finland later in the 18th century the modern form Egentliga Finland being in official use at the end of the century. The Finnish term Varsinais-Suomi became established only around the 1850s.

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