13 days in Helsinki Region & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki Region & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Hanko
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  5 h
5
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
End: Helsinki

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nuuksio National Park and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, wander the streets of Katajanokka, and stop by Ullanlinna.

To find out how to plan a trip to Helsinki, use our trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. October in Helsinki sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

2
nights
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 4th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Ekenas Archipelago National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Bellevue Beach, don't miss a visit to Hanko Water Tower, and then stroll around Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hanko itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Hanko in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Hanko are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Hanko

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Raseborg
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Ekenas Archipelago National Park ©
Ekenas Archipelago National Park
Hanko Water Tower
Hanko Water Tower

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): trek along The Archipelago Trail and then browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island.

To find where to stay and tourist information, use the Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Hanko to Turku in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 8th (Tue), examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, then stroll around Lilla holmen, and finally don't miss a visit to The Maritime Quarter.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mariehamn tour itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pori.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature
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Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 9th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, then get engrossed in the history at Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

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Do a combination of flight and bus from Mariehamn to Pori in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. October in Pori sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla ©
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla
Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) ©
Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko)

3
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. Get outdoors at Arboretum Mustila and Riverside Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Art Centre Salmela and The Astuvansalmi rock paintings. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola). And it doesn't end there: trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, stop by Linden Esplanade, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church, and appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Pori to Kotka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kotka are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Art Centre Salmela, Salpa Line Museum, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Hamina Town Hall
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
Art Centre Salmela ©
Art Centre Salmela

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