15 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

15 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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15 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  9​h
1
Oulu
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Hanko
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Lohja
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Kotka
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Manchester

1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Oulu Cathedral, identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, and then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach. On your second day here, have fun at Tietomaa, stroll through Ainolan Puisto, then hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, and finally appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Oulu road trip site .

Manchester, UK to Oulu is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Manchester in September; daily highs in Oulu reach 15°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors
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Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally admire all the interesting features of Wiklof Holding Arena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then contemplate the long history of Bomarsund, and finally try to win big at PAF Casino.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn journey planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Oulu to Mariehamn takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Relax by the water at Vepsa Island and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. You'll explore and learn at Turku Castle and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, take an in-depth tour of Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, and browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 16th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, then make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), stroll through Kirjurinluoto, then get engrossed in the history at Rosenlew Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo, and finally enjoy some friendly competition at Space Bowling & Billiards.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pori driving holiday planner .

Drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Pori, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Rauma
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

1
night
Hanko

Hanko
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. On the 18th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Tulliniemi Nature Path, then don't miss a visit to Hanko Water Tower, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bellevue Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hanko trip site .

Getting from Pori to Hanko by car takes about 3.5 hours. September in Hanko sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lohja.

Things to do in Hanko

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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1
night
Lohja

Lohja ©
Lohja is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the Uusimaa region. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Tytyri Mine Experience, then stroll through Aurlahti Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lohjan Pyhan Laurin Kirkko the Church of St Lawrence Lohja.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lohja trip website .

Drive from Hanko to Lohja in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Lohja are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Lohja

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Aurlahti Beach ©
Aurlahti Beach

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. On the 20th (Fri), hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, then get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Maretarium, then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, then let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kotka travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Lohja to Kotka takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

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