13 days in Helsinki Region & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki Region & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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13 days in Helsinki Region & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hanko
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Rock Church. Head to Hakaniemi Market and Okrafor plenty of shopping. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Helsinki driving holiday planner .

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

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): kick back and relax at Bellevue Beach, then make a trip to Hanko Water Tower, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hanko tour site .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Hanko takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Hanko can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Hanko

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Raseborg
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Ekenas Archipelago National Park ©
Ekenas Archipelago National Park
Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen ©
Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
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): gain insight at Turku Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Turku itinerary planner .

Drive from Hanko to Turku in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough 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
Kauppakeskus Mylly ©
Kauppakeskus Mylly

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 tour the pleasant surroundings at Kobba Klintar, then stroll through Lilla holmen, and finally don't miss a visit to The Maritime Quarter.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mariehamn holiday site .

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can 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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, then get engrossed in the history at Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Pori online trip maker .

Getting from Mariehamn to Pori by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

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. Art Centre Salmela and Salpa Line Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina) and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church, admire the striking features of Hamina Town Hall, and trek along Santalahti Nature Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Pori to Kotka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. October in Kotka sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Salpa Line Museum, Art Centre Salmela, Hamina Town Hall, Arboretum Mustila, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church ©
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

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