16 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

16 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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16 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Kotka
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
Eckero, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Kokkola
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Rauma
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Hanko
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Nairobi

1
night
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 2nd (Fri), hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, then make a trip to Linden Esplanade, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church, and finally admire the natural beauty at Sibelius Park. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Hamina Town Hall, wander the streets of Hamina Old Town, admire the striking features of Main Building of Military School, admire the striking features of Hamina Fortress, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Church.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kotka trip itinerary planning site .

Nairobi, Kenya to Kotka is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nairobi to Kotka. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Nairobi in November; daily highs in Kotka reach 3°C and lows reach -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Eckero.

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Kotka Church ©
Kotka Church
Hamina Town Hall ©
Hamina Town Hall
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church ©
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

2
nights
Eckero, Aland Island

Eckero ©
Eckerö is a municipality of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 4th (Sun), examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, stroll through Lilla holmen, then head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, and finally see the interesting displays at Eckerö Post & tullhus. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate the long history of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of The Maritime Quarter.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Eckero journey planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kotka to Eckero. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in November, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Eckero

#Museums, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Mariehamn, Aland Island
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Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum ©
Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 6th (Tue), examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, admire the masterpieces at Oulun Taidemuseo, then experience the excitement of Oulu Climbing Centre, and finally see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, see the interesting displays at Oulun Automuseo, and then get outside with Superpark Oulu.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Oulu online trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Eckero to Oulu. Traveling from Eckero in November, things will get little chillier in Oulu: highs are around 1°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kokkola.

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#Museums, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo ©
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo
Oulun Taidemuseo ©
Oulun Taidemuseo

1
night
Kokkola

Kokkola ©
Kokkola is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 8th (Thu), see the interesting displays at The Toivonen Animal Park and Peasant Museum, take a stroll through Neristan (Old Wooden Town), examine the collection at Roos House - K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia, then examine the collection at Lassander House, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia, and finally examine the collection at Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kokkola travel planner.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Kokkola takes 3 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rauma.

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#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
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2
nights
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. On the 9th (Fri), brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, examine the collection at Marela Museum House, examine the collection at Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then get engrossed in the history at The Old Town Hall Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Rosenlew Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Pori Art Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rauma road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kokkola to Rauma takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In November, daytime highs in Rauma are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Parks

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Pori
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The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Visiting Uto and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, examine the collection at Turku Biological Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Rauma to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Turku, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hanko.

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Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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night
Hanko

Hanko
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. On the 15th (Thu), stroll through Bellevue Beach, then steep yourself in history at Pike's Gut, then enjoy breathtaking views from Hanko Water Tower, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Gunnarstrand.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hanko day trip site .

Drive from Turku to Hanko in 2 hours. November in Hanko sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanko

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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