15 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

15 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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15 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Kathmandu
Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 day
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
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): appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, don't miss a visit to Linden Esplanade, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and finally trek along Santalahti Nature Trail. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and then examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kotka day trip planning site .

Kathmandu, Nepal to Kotka is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Kathmandu to Kotka due to the time zone difference. In August, Kotka is little chillier than Kathmandu - with highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hamina, Salpa Line Museum
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Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna road trip planner.

You can drive from Kotka to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

1
day
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn day trip planner.

You can fly from Savonlinna to Mariehamn in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kastelholm Castle
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): trek along The Archipelago Trail and then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Turku online journey builder .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rauma.

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

1
night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, then get engrossed in the history at The Old Town Hall Museum, then look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rauma road trip app .

Drive from Turku to Rauma in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Old Town Hall Museum ©
The Old Town Hall Museum
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and then stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tampere day trip site .

Traveling by car from Rauma to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

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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.
Visiting Ekenas Archipelago National Park and Hiidenkirnut will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, browse the collection at The National Library of Finland, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planning app .

Take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ekenas Archipelago National Park, Nuuksio National Park, Hiidenkirnut, Porvoo Old Town
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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