10 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

10 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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10 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Dusseldorf

2
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. On the 2nd (Sat), stroll around Riverside Park, then take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail, and finally let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Maretarium, and then see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kotka sightseeing planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Kotka is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dusseldorf to Kotka. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Dusseldorf in May, with highs in Kotka at 18°C and lows at 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Trails
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, walk around Ainolan Puisto, then contemplate the long history of Oulu Cathedral, then appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Oulu road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kotka to Oulu in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kotka in May: highs in Oulu hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Ainolan Puisto ©
Ainolan Puisto
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bock’s Corner Brewery.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Vaasa trip planner .

You can drive from Oulu to Vaasa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Bock’s Corner Brewery ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 6th (Wed), take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, steep yourself in history at Bomarsund, then stroll around Lilla holmen, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern. Keep things going the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get engrossed in the history at Kobba Klintar, then explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, and finally see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mariehamn online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Vaasa to Mariehamn takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. May in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sund, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Bomarsund ©
Bomarsund
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
When in Turku, make a side trip to see Old Rauma in Rauma, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Turku online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Old Rauma, Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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