15 days in Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

15 days in Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

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15 days in Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 15​min
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Oulu
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
San Francisco

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 18th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Valkmusa National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stromforsin ruukki, and then head off the coast to Lehman.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka trip itinerary maker website .

San Francisco, USA to Kotka is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. July in Kotka sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Stromforsin ruukki, Valkmusa National Park
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Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park
Lehman ©
Lehman
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki

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 (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. On your second day here, hike along The Archipelago Trail and then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

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You can drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks
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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. On the 23rd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach.

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You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

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

1
day
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Hietasaaren uimaranta.

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Getting from Pori to Vaasa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Vaasa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta

1
day
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach.

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You can drive from Vaasa to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Oulu

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli

6
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fortress of Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rock Church and Helsinki Cathedral. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. Pack the 31st (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo.

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You can fly from Oulu to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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