18 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

18 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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18 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  19​h 30​min
Hanko
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Phoenix

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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 5th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Bellevue Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Teijo national park.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hanko trip planner.

Phoenix, USA to Hanko is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Phoenix in July, things will get cooler in Hanko: highs are around 70°F and lows about 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Hanko

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen, Teijo national park
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Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Rauma and Turku Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Rauma (The Old Town Hall Museum, Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, & more). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, and admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Turku travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Hanko to Turku in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Beaches

Side Trip

Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

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night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tampere trip maker tool .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then get answers to all your questions at Riihisaari, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna road trip planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

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

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nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then admire the striking features of Lappeen Marian kirkko, and finally explore the activities along Saimaa Canal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Lappeenrannan kirkko, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuijamaa Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Lappeenranta road trip site .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Nature
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Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

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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. Get in touch with nature at Arboretum Mustila and Santalahti Nature Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stromforsin ruukki and Riverside Park. Take a break from Kotka with a short trip to Valkmusa National Park in Siltakyla, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Lehman.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kotka travel route tool .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Valkmusa National Park, Arboretum Mustila, Stromforsin ruukki
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park

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nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Nuuksio National Park. We've included these beaches for you: Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. And it doesn't end there: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and examine the collection at Design Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip maker tool .

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

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