10 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

10 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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10 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hanko
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Munich

1
night
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 28th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lehman, and then meet the residents at Maretarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Aijanniemi Beach, pause for some photo ops at Kotka Sculpture Promenade, and then contemplate the long history of Kotka Church.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kotka road trip planner.

Munich, Germany to Kotka is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Munich to Kotka due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Munich in December, with highs in Kotka at -1°C and lows at -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Maretarium ©
Maretarium
Kotka Church ©
Kotka Church

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 30th (Sun), explore the engaging exhibits at Alands konstmuseum, stroll through Lilla holmen, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kotka to Mariehamn in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kotka in December, with highs in Mariehamn at 3°C and lows at -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

#Museums, #Fun & Games, #Childrens Museums
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The Aland Island Art Museum ©
The Aland Island Art Museum
Room Escape Games
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Bring the kids along to Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Vepsa Island. Step off the beaten path and head to The Archipelago Trail and Room Escape Games. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy some diversion at Flowpark, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and browse the collection at Turku City Library.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

2
nights
Hanko

Hanko
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. On the 3rd (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Bellevue Beach, don't miss a visit to Pike's Gut, then don't miss a visit to Hanko Water Tower, and finally go for a walk through Gunnarstrand. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Teijo national park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hanko vacation planner.

Getting from Turku to Hanko by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanko

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Teijo national park
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