14 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

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14 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

Frankfurt
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Hanko
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
Frankfurt

3
days
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Get in touch with nature at Nuuksio National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Popular historic sites such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Helsinki Cathedral are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the masterpieces at Design Museum, and explore the galleries of Fortress of Suomenlinna.

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Frankfurt, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Frankfurt in August, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Nature

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Nuuksio National Park
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

2
days
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 16th (Thu), take a stroll through Stromforsin ruukki and then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Lehman, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santalahti Nature Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kotka trip planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Stromforsin ruukki, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Lehman ©
Lehman

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, get all the information you need at Riihisaari, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

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You can drive from Kotka to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hanko.

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#Historic Sites
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Riihisaari ©
Riihisaari

2
days
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 19th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tulliniemi Nature Path. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Teijo national park.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Hanko driving holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Savonlinna to Hanko. In August in Hanko, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Hanko

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

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Teijo national park
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2
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle. On the next day, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli and then step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

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You can drive from Hanko to Turku in 2 hours. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Beaches
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
day
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): stroll through Herrainpaivat Beach and then stroll through Yyteri Beach.

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You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Pori, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

2
days
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

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Getting from Pori to Tampere by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus