12 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

12 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finnish Archipelago tour planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Oulu
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Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rauma
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Sacramento

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Kotka

— 2 nights
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. Kotka is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kotka Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, walk around Sibelius Park, and let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kotka trip planning tool.

Sacramento, USA to Kotka is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. When traveling from Sacramento in December, plan for much colder days in Kotka, with highs around 30°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, get curious at Tietomaa, then appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, and finally steep yourself in history at Kauppahalli. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, then stroll around Ainolan Puisto, then see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Oulu trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kotka to Oulu in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. December in Oulu sees daily highs of 28°F and lows of 18°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 1 night
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): walk around Lilla holmen, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, then relax and rejuvenate at Badhuset Mariebad, and finally take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn online trip builder.

Fly from Oulu to Mariehamn in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Oulu in December; daily highs in Mariehamn reach 37°F and lows reach 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Spas · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:

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, see the interesting displays at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. December in Turku sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

Rauma

— 2 nights
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): examine the collection at Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, examine the collection at Marela Museum House, then learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, and finally stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rauma online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Rauma takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rauma are 34°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rauma

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11: