11 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

11 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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11 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Oulu
— 1 night
train:  3​h
2
Seinajoki
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
6
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: London

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 23rd (Sun): stroll through Nallikari Beach, then view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and finally stroll through Ainolan Puisto. On your second day here, have fun at Tietomaa, pause for some serene contemplation at Oulu Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, then hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral.

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

London, UK to Oulu is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Oulu reach -2°C and lows reach -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Seinajoki.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Tietomaa ©
Tietomaa
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli

1
night
Seinajoki

Seinajoki ©
Seinäjoki is a city located in Southern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 25th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Lakeuden Risti Church, see the interesting displays at Civil Guard and Lotta Svard Museum, then make a trip to Aalto Center of Seinajoki, and finally get lost in a book at Seinajoki Library.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Seinajoki vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Oulu to Seinajoki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rauma.

Things to do in Seinajoki

Historic Sites Museums
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Lakeuden Risti Church ©
Lakeuden Risti Church
Seinajoki Library ©
Seinajoki Library
Aalto Center of Seinajoki ©
Aalto Center of Seinajoki

1
night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Rauma Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Marela Museum House, contemplate the long history of The Ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, then see the interesting displays at Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Rauma online journey planner .

You can drive from Seinajoki to Rauma in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rauma can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross
Marela Museum House ©
Marela Museum House

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, and browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Turku trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Rauma to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then steep yourself in history at The Maritime Quarter, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mariehamn trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. December in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, Kastelholm Castle
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

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. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Isopuisto Park, get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park, then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maretarium. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Sibelius Park, then examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, and then get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Mariehamn to Kotka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Mariehamn in December, with highs in Kotka at -1°C and lows at -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

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