15 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

15 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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15 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Los Angeles
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Kotka
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  5​h
Oulu
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
Seinajoki
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h
Los Angeles

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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maretarium and then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park, get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, and finally admire the striking features of Fort Slava.

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Los Angeles, USA to Kotka is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get colder in Kotka: highs are around 30°F and lows about 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Oulu.

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#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
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Maritime Centre Vellamo

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day
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ainolan Puisto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral, and finally appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Oulu trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kotka to Oulu in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. December in Oulu sees daily highs of 28°F and lows of 18°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Seinajoki.

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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli
Ainolan Puisto ©
Ainolan Puisto

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Seinajoki

Seinajoki ©
Seinäjoki is a city located in Southern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 28th (Fri), browse the collection at Seinajoki Library, have fun at Bio Marilyn Seinajoki, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Lakeuden Risti Church.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Seinajoki online road trip planner .

Getting from Oulu to Seinajoki by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 31°F in December, and nighttime lows around 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Pori.

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Lakeuden Risti Church ©
Lakeuden Risti Church
Seinajoki Library ©
Seinajoki Library

2
days
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 30th (Sun), kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, then make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma. Keep things going the next day: stop by Porin Kauppahalli, admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Junnelius, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirjurinluoto.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Pori holiday website .

You can drive from Seinajoki to Pori in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 34°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Rauma
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum

3
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, and get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Turku online tour planner .

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

2
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Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 4th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): stroll through Lilla holmen, take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, then steep yourself in history at Bomarsund, then contemplate the long history of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, and finally see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mariehamn trip planner .

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Turku in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Mariehamn, with lows of 23°F. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mariehamn

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Fun & Games

Side Trips

Sund, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle