12 days in Finnish Archipelago & Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Finnish Archipelago & Lapland Itinerary

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Turku
— 3 nights
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
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Rauma
— 2 nights
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Oulu
— 1 night
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Turku

— 3 nights
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, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, and take a stroll through Naantali Old Town.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Turku tour itinerary planner.

Berlin, Germany to Turku is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get outside with Karingsunds Viltsafari, examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, and then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum and then make a trip to Bomarsund.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Turku to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can fly to Rauma.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

Rauma

— 2 nights
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. On the 9th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma. On the next day, stroll through Yyteri Beach and then kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rauma day trip planner.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Rauma in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. August in Rauma sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Oulu.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 11th (Wed), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Oulu online route planner.

You can fly from Rauma to Oulu in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Oulu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 11:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Change things up with a short trip to Ranua Zoo in Ranua (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get curious at Science Centre Pilke, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and see Santa Claus Office.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Oulu to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.