14 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

14 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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14 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Kotka Church and Hamina Town Hall. Take a break from the city and head to Riverside Park and Santalahti Nature Trail. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Kotka Sculpture Promenade, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, contemplate the long history of Hamina Fortress, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kotka trip itinerary planning app .

San Francisco, USA to Kotka is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 10 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in December, with highs in Kotka at 30°F and lows at 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Beaches

Side Trip

Hamina
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Katariina Seaside Park ©
Katariina Seaside Park
Kotka Church ©
Kotka Church
Hamina Town Hall ©
Hamina Town Hall

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 27th (Thu), browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Marela Museum House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, look for gifts at Porin Kauppahalli, take an in-depth tour of Rosenlew Museum, then view the masterpieces at Pori Art Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Pori itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Pori takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in December, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

#Museums, #Shopping, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rauma
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Marela Museum House ©
Marela Museum House
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): make a trip to Kaupungintalo - City Hall, examine the collection at Terranova, then examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, then steep yourself in history at Stromso, and finally see the interesting displays at Vaasa Car & Motor Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Vaasa road trip planner .

You can drive from Pori to Vaasa in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Vaasa are 35°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Vaasa

#Museums, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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Stromso ©
Stromso
Kaupungintalo - City Hall ©
Kaupungintalo - City Hall

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): shop like a local with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, then examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Oulun Taidemuseo. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Oulun Automuseo, browse the different shops at Ideapark Oulu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Oulu Cathedral, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, and finally appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Oulu trip builder app .

Drive from Vaasa to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Vaasa in December, expect Oulu to be little chillier, temps between 28°F and 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Oulu

#Shopping, #Museums, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Ideapark Oulu ©
Ideapark Oulu
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 1st (Tue), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the engaging exhibits at Alands konstmuseum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilla holmen, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mariehamn trip builder .

Getting from Oulu to Mariehamn by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Oulu in December: high temperatures in Mariehamn hover around 37°F and lows are around 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

#Museums, #Fun & Games, #Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, Kastelholm Castle
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle
Room Escape Games

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get outdoors at Bellevue Beach and Tulliniemi Nature Path. Get some cultural insight at Archangel Michael's church and Kylamaki Village of Living History. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, head off the coast to Vepsa Island, admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, and examine the collection at Turku Biological Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Turku day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Mariehamn in January, things will get slightly colder in Turku: highs are around 27°F and lows about 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Hanko
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

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