14 days in Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Klarna Trips Southwest Finland planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Turku
— 9 nights
Drive
2
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Uusikaupunki
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Cape Town

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Turku — 9 nights

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turku Castle and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya), Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and Pargas (Pargas Lime Stone Quarry & ArtBank). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Turku is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Cape Town in December, with highs in Turku at 1°C and lows at -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kimito Island.
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Kimito Island — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik gard and then identify plant and animal life at Oro. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Archipelago National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kimito Island trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Kimito Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kimito Island can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Uusikaupunki.
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Uusikaupunki — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Uusikaupunki Old Church, examine the collection at Bonk Museum, and then examine the collection at Uudenkaupungin Automuseo.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Uusikaupunki online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kimito Island to Uusikaupunki in 2 hours. January in Uusikaupunki sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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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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