15 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

15 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + Drive:  18 h 30 min
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h
2
Oulu
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
3
Seinajoki
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
6
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  21 h
End: Los Angeles

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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Maretarium and then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): stroll around Katariina Seaside Park, get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, and finally admire the striking features of Fort Slava.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka day trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Kotka is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles to Kotka, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in Kotka hover around 30°F and lows are around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, stroll around Ainolan Puisto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral, and finally pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Oulu trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kotka to Oulu in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December in Oulu, expect temperatures between 28°F during the day and 18°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Seinajoki.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Oulu Cathedral ©
Oulu Cathedral
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli

1
night
Seinajoki

Seinajoki ©
Seinäjoki is a city located in Southern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): browse the collection at Seinajoki Library, then watch a film at Bio Rex, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Lakeuden Risti Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Seinajoki attractions planning site.

Traveling by train from Oulu to Seinajoki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°F in December, and nighttime lows around 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Pori.

Things to do in Seinajoki

Nightlife Fun & Games Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Bio Rex ©
Bio Rex
Seinajoki Library ©
Seinajoki Library
Aalto Center of Seinajoki ©
Aalto Center of Seinajoki

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 30th (Sun), kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Porin Kauppahalli, then admire the striking features of Palace of Junnelius, and then stroll around Kirjurinluoto.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pori tour itinerary maker.

Drive from Seinajoki to Pori in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 34°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Rauma
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Turku day trip planning site.

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in December, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Lilla holmen, take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, then contemplate the long history of Bomarsund, then contemplate the long history of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, and finally examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mariehamn trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Turku in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°F in Mariehamn. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Sund, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Room Escape Games
Wiklof Holding Arena ©
Wiklof Holding Arena