15 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

15 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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15 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Hanko
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
5
Rauma
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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. You'll explore and learn at Maritime Centre Vellamo and Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kotka Church and Linden Esplanade. Go for a jaunt from Kotka to Hamina to see Marian Kirkko about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maretarium, contemplate the long history of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kotka driving holiday tool .

Toronto, Canada to Kotka is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Kotka is 7 hours. Traveling from Toronto in July, expect Kotka to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Hamina
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

1
night
Hanko

Hanko ©
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Bellevue Beach, then hike along Tulliniemi Nature Path, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Hanko Water Tower.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Hanko trip planner .

Getting from Kotka to Hanko by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Hanko can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Hanko

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tulliniemi Nature Path ©
Tulliniemi Nature Path
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Archangel Michael's church. Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, learn more about the world around you at Turku Biological Museum, steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, and step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Hanko to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

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

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 9th (Tue), examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to The Maritime Quarter.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mariehamn day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. July in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Rauma.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. On the 10th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf 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. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, then take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum, then see the interesting displays at Marela Museum House, and finally learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rauma attractions website .

Getting from Mariehamn to Rauma by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daytime highs in Rauma are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Pori
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, then see the interesting displays at Terranova, then sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery, and finally see the interesting displays at Vaasa Car & Motor Museum.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Vaasa online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Rauma to Vaasa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Vaasa Car & Motor Museum ©
Vaasa Car & Motor Museum
Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum ©

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 14th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, and finally kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ainolan Puisto, pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, and then hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Oulu journey planner .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Oulu Cathedral ©
Oulu Cathedral
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli

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