8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Los Angeles
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Kotka
— 1 night
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Hanko
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 30​min
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 11th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, don't miss a visit to Linden Esplanade, then appreciate the history behind Kotka Sculpture Promenade, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): kick back and relax at Santalahti Nature Trail, take a stroll through Hamina Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Hamina Town Hall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Kotka online holiday maker .

Los Angeles, USA to Kotka is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 10 hours. In March, Kotka is cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 35°F and lows of 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

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#Parks, #Beaches, #Trails

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Hamina
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Katariina Seaside Park ©
Katariina Seaside Park
Kotka Church ©
Kotka Church
Hamina Town Hall ©
Hamina Town Hall

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Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Wiklof Holding Arena, don't miss a visit to The Maritime Quarter, then stroll through Lilla holmen, then admire the masterpieces at Alands konstmuseum, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kotka to Mariehamn takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 39°F in March, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

#Fun & Games, #Childrens Museums, #Museums
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Lilla holmen ©
Lilla holmen
Alands konstmuseum ©
Alands konstmuseum

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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.
On the 14th (Thu), enjoy some diversion at Adventure Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kupittaa Park, and then hike along The Archipelago Trail.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Turku trip planner .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in March, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Pori.

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#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail

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Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 15th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), admire the masterpieces at Pori Art Museum, then learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, then see the interesting displays at Marela Museum House, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, then take an in-depth tour of Rosenlew Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirjurinluoto.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Pori trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Pori sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 24°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Pori

#Museums, #Parks, #Shopping

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Rauma
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Marela Museum House ©
Marela Museum House
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The Church of the Holy Cross
Kirjurinluoto ©
Kirjurinluoto

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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 17th (Sun): kick back and relax at Bellevue Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hanko tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Pori to Hanko in 3.5 hours. March in Hanko sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 24°F at night. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanko

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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