15 days in Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Region Itinerary

15 days in Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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15 days in Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Start: Kathmandu
Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Kathmandu

1
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. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and then see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, then let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kotka trip itinerary maker website .

Kathmandu, Nepal to Kotka is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kathmandu to Kotka is minus 3 hours. In August, Kotka is a bit cooler than Kathmandu - with highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Trails
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

1
night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Old Town Hall Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, then enjoy the sea views from Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Rauma trip planner.

Getting from Kotka to Rauma by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Rauma, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites Museums
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

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 12th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Martinkirkko, then take an in-depth tour of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Turku trip maker .

Traveling by car from Rauma to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

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nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilla holmen, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern. On the next day, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then get engrossed in the history at Kobba Klintar, then examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Maritime Quarter.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mariehamn trip maker tool .

Fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, Kastelholm Castle, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ainolan Puisto, and then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Kauppahalli, view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then enjoy some diversion at Oulu Climbing Centre, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Oulu vacation maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Oulu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Botanical Garden, University of Oulu ©
Ainolan Puisto ©
Ainolan Puisto

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Hakaniemi Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town & Cathedral of Porvoo). Pack the 20th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki attractions planner.

Fly from Oulu to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

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