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
Hanko
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Pori
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Seinajoki
— 1 night
train:  3​h
Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  5​h
Kotka
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Hanko

Hanko
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tulliniemi Nature Path. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Hanko Water Tower and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bellevue Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hanko trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Hanko is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Hanko. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in December; daily highs in Hanko reach 34°F and lows reach 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Turku.

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3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visiting The Archipelago Trail and Vepsa Island will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Flowpark. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, and admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Turku travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Hanko to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

3
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Juselius Mausoleum and The Church of the Holy Cross. Explore Pori's surroundings by going to Rauma (Marela Museum House, Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, & more). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), look for gifts at Porin Kauppahalli, stroll through Kirjurinluoto, and browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Pori trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Pori are 34°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Seinajoki.

Things to do in Pori

#Museums, #Parks, #Shopping

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Rauma
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Marela Museum House ©
Marela Museum House
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

1
night
Seinajoki

Seinajoki ©
Seinäjoki is a city located in Southern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): get lost in a book at Seinajoki Library, then make a trip to Aalto Center of Seinajoki, and then have fun at Duudsonit Activity Park.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Seinajoki road trip planning app .

You can drive from Pori to Seinajoki in 2.5 hours. In December in Seinajoki, expect temperatures between 31°F during the day and 20°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Oulu.

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Duudsonit Activity Park ©
Duudsonit Activity Park
Seinajoki Library ©
Seinajoki Library

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 2nd (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, then see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and finally examine the collection at Oulun Taidemuseo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, see the interesting displays at Oulun Automuseo, then head outdoors with Superpark Oulu, and finally appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Oulu trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Seinajoki to Oulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January in Oulu, expect temperatures between 21°F during the day and 10°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kotka.

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Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park
Superpark Oulu ©
Superpark Oulu
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo

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. On the 4th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Sibelius Park, appreciate the history behind Kotka Sculpture Promenade, then identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, then admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Town Hall, and finally take a stroll through Hamina Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, then let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park, then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kotka trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Oulu to Kotka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Kotka are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

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Hamina
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Katariina Seaside Park ©
Katariina Seaside Park
Kotka Church ©
Kotka Church
Hamina Town Hall ©
Hamina Town Hall

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