9 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

9 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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9 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 15​min
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Rauma
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Hanko
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h
San Francisco

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. On the 26th (Sat), take a stroll through Hamina Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church, then admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Town Hall, then admire the landmark architecture of Main Building of Military School, and finally steep yourself in history at Kotka Church. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Hamina Fortress, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, then stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kotka road trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Kotka is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Kotka. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in May, with highs in Kotka at 60°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Rauma.

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

1
day
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, examine the collection at Marela Museum House, take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum, then look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rauma trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Kotka to Rauma in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Rauma can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Turku.

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

3
days
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 The Archipelago Trail and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Archangel Michael's church and Brinkhall Manor will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, stroll through Vepsa Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Marttyyrikeisarinna Aleksandran Kirkko, and explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip builder site .

You can drive from Rauma to Turku in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Hanko.

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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
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Archangel Michael's church
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

1
day
Hanko

Hanko
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. On the 2nd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bellevue Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tulliniemi Nature Path.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hanko trip planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Hanko takes 2 hours. In June in Hanko, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

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