11 days in Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

11 days in Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

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11 days in Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Vaasa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Naantali
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Paris

3
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Attractions like Powerpark and Hietasaaren uimaranta make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Vaasa side-trips: Mustasaari (Saltkaret & Aava Kertun Kotitila) and Seinajoki Library (in Seinajoki). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Vaasa route builder site .

Paris, France to Vaasa is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Paris to Vaasa, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paris in August: high temperatures in Vaasa hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mustasaari, Seinajoki Library, Powerpark
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Powerpark ©
Powerpark
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta

2
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Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 11th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach, and finally stroll around Kirjurinluoto. On the next day, kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Pori travel planner .

Drive from Vaasa to Pori in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Pori sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Naantali.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Rauma
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Kirjurinluoto ©
Kirjurinluoto

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nights
Naantali

Naantali ©
Naantali is a town in south-western Finland, known as one of the most important tourist centres of the country. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, then find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island, and then have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then hike along The Archipelago Trail.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Naantali trip planner .

You can drive from Pori to Naantali in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Naantali

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Turku
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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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.
Kids will enjoy Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Korkeasaari Zoo. Change things up with a short trip to Heureka in Vantaa (about 32 minutes away). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki visit planning site .

Getting from Naantali to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Heureka
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

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