14 days in Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

14 days in Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

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14 days in Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Oulu
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Hanko
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Toronto

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Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Oulu vacation planner .

Toronto, Canada to Oulu is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in June, things will get a bit cooler in Oulu: highs are around 19°C and lows about 10°C. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Oulu

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 29th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mariehamn trip planner .

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 a daytime high around 19°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

#Museums, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum

1
night
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 30th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral and then kick back and relax at Vepsa Island. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June, daytime highs in Turku are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Pori trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Pori are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Pori

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

3
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 3rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Teijo national park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Tulliniemi Nature Path, then make a trip to Hanko Water Tower, and then stroll through Bellevue Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hanko trip maker site .

You can drive from Pori to Hanko in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Hanko

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Teijo national park
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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. Step off the beaten path and head to Santalahti Nature Trail and Riverside Park. Escape the urban bustle at Valkmusa National Park and Haapasaari Island. Step out of Kotka with an excursion to Stromforsin ruukki in Ruotsinpyhtaa--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kotka sightseeing planning website .

You can drive from Hanko to Kotka in 3.5 hours. In July in Kotka, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stromforsin ruukki, Valkmusa National Park, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Hietaranta Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Fortress of Suomenlinna, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibelius Monument, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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