14 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

14 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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14 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  18​h
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Pori
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Hanko
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Newark

2
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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Kotka Church, identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, take a stroll through Hamina Old Town, then admire the striking features of Hamina Town Hall, then admire the striking features of Hamina Fortress, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, then pause for some photo ops at Kotka Sculpture Promenade, then let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park, and finally hike along Santalahti Nature Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip maker tool .

Newark, USA to Kotka is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Newark in August: high temperatures in Kotka hover around 68°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Beaches

Side Trip

Hamina
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Katariina Seaside Park ©
Katariina Seaside Park
Kotka Church ©
Kotka Church
Hamina Town Hall ©
Hamina Town Hall

2
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Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilla holmen, then explore the engaging exhibits at Alands konstmuseum, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Smart Park.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kotka to Mariehamn takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Eckero
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Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum ©
Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum
Room Escape Games
Lilla holmen ©
Lilla holmen

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Family-friendly places like Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Vepsa Island will thrill your kids. Step off the beaten path and head to Archangel Michael's church and Kupittaa Park. The adventure continues: trek along The Archipelago Trail, browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Skanssi, examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, and have fun at Flowpark.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planning website .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

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Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. For shopping fun, head to Kauppakeskus Puuvilla or Patakirppis. Explore hidden gems such as The Church of the Holy Cross and Rosenlew Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Pori: Rauma (Marela Museum House, Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, & more). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), stop by Porin Kauppahalli, take an in-depth tour of Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo, and take in the exciting artwork at Pori Art Museum.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Pori trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Pori by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Pori

#Museums, #Shopping, #Parks

Side Trip

Rauma
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Marela Museum House ©
Marela Museum House
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

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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 30th (Thu): stroll through Tulliniemi Nature Path, then take in panoramic vistas at Hanko Water Tower, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bellevue Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanko trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Pori to Hanko in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Fri).

Things to do in Hanko

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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