13 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

13 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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13 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Hanko
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
4
Pori
— 2 nights
5
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Brisbane

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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and finally browse the exhibits of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, admire the landmark architecture of Main Building of Military School, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Town Hall, then steep yourself in history at St. John's Church, and finally hike along Santalahti Nature Trail.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kotka day trip website .

Brisbane, Australia to Kotka is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Brisbane to Kotka. Traveling from Brisbane in May, things will get little chillier in Kotka: highs are around 18°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Hamina
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Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

1
night
Hanko

Hanko ©
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Bellevue Beach, then hike along Tulliniemi Nature Path, and then take in panoramic vistas at Hanko Water Tower.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanko trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Kotka to Hanko in 3.5 hours. May in Hanko sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Hanko

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Tulliniemi Nature Path ©
Tulliniemi Nature Path

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): hike along The Archipelago Trail, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then get lost in a book at Turku City Library. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Turku road trip planner.

Drive from Hanko to Turku in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 25th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Pori Art Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, then brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Marela Museum House. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at The Old Town Hall Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then stroll through Yyteri Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Pori tour planning app .

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Pori are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Rauma
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On your second day here, examine the collection at Vaasa Car & Motor Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, then see the interesting displays at Terranova, then examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Kaupungintalo - City Hall.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Vaasa attractions website .

Traveling by car from Pori to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Vaasa are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Vaasa Car & Motor Museum ©
Vaasa Car & Motor Museum

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, then see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach.

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

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. May in Oulu sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli