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

1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, stroll through Ainolan Puisto, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Oulu Cathedral, and finally pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach and then have fun at Tietomaa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Oulu trip itinerary planning site .

Toronto, Canada to Oulu is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Toronto to Oulu. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Toronto in December, with highs in Oulu at -2°C and lows at -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

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

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hietasaaren uimaranta and then cool off at Tropiclandia.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Vaasa attractions planner .

You can drive from Oulu to Vaasa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Oulu in December: high temperatures in Vaasa hover around 1°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Tropiclandia ©
Tropiclandia
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 22nd (Sat), kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Patakirppis, then stroll through Herrainpaivat Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirjurinluoto, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Pori travel site .

Drive from Vaasa to Pori in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Pori are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Turku.

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

4
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 Turku Castle and Archangel Michael's church. Get a sense of the local culture at Turku Cathedral and Turku Art Museum. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, take an in-depth tour of Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Turku itinerary site .

Drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, don't miss a visit to Bomarsund, contemplate the long history of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, then try your luck at PAF Casino, and finally stroll through Lilla holmen.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

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

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. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): meet the residents at Maretarium, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, then let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Sibelius Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Haukkavuori Lookout Tower, and then examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kotka road trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Mariehamn to Kotka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Mariehamn in December, with highs in Kotka at -1°C and lows at -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Maretarium ©
Maretarium
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

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