7 days in Helsinki & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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7 days in Helsinki & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Bern
train + Fly:  7​h 30​min
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Kotka
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
Bern

2
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.
Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then stop by Taiga Colors, then hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Stockmann's Department Store.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online road trip planner .

Bern, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bern to Helsinki is 1 hour. While traveling from Bern, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Shopping, #Spas
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma ©
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

1
day
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mariehamn driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Mariehamn in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

#Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
day
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, and then identify plant and animal life at Vepsa Island.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Turku journey tool .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

#Wildlife, #Beaches, #Nature
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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 20th (Fri): take a stroll through Stromforsin ruukki and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Santalahti Nature Trail and then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kotka trip planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Kotka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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