14 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

14 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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14 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
1
Hanko
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Pori
— 1 night
3
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Inari
— 1 night
Fly + train:  6​h
6
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Jerusalem

1
night
Hanko

Hanko ©
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. On the 11th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Teijo national park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Hanko Water Tower, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bellevue Beach, and then trek along Tulliniemi Nature Path.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hanko trip itinerary planning website .

Jerusalem, Israel to Hanko is an approximately 11-hour flight. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Pori.

Things to do in Hanko

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Teijo National Park
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Tulliniemi Nature Path ©
Tulliniemi Nature Path
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Pori Art Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pori trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Hanko to Pori in 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 14th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Turku day trip planning site .

Drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Turku sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Nature Wildlife Beaches
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mariehamn itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take a stroll around The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then get a tailor-made plan with Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Siida, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Juutua Nature Trail, and finally relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Inari day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Mariehamn to Inari in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In July in Inari, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Inari

Shopping Museums Trails
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The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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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. On the 18th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, then take a stroll through Stromforsin ruukki, and then hike along Santalahti Nature Trail.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka holiday planner .

Getting from Inari to Kotka by combination of shuttle, flight, and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Inari in July, with highs in Kotka at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Arboretum Mustila, Stromforsin ruukki
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kansallisgalleria and Design Museum. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo, about 50 minutes away. Pack the 21st (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Aurinkolahti Beach.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki day trip website .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
The National Museum of Finland ©
The National Museum of Finland

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