15 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

15 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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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): get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, thenvisit Linden Esplanade, thenidentify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): contemplate the long history of St. John's Church, admire the striking features of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and then examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip builder tool.

Kathmandu, Nepal to Kotka is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Nepal Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -3.8 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kathmandu in August: high temperatures in Kotka hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Trails

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

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night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, thensee the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna travel planning tool.

Getting from Kotka to Savonlinna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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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. On the 12th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, thenbrush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, thenexamine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Mariehamn trip maker website.

You can fly from Savonlinna to Mariehamn in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kastelholm Castle
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): hike along The Archipelago Trail and then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, thenget engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, thensee the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Turku trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Turku

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

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night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, thentake an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum, thenstop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rauma trip builder tool.

You can drive from Turku to Rauma in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Rauma are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive 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): see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Rauma to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Escape the urban bustle at Nuuksio National Park and Hiidenkirnut. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo) and Ekenas Archipelago National Park (in Raseborg). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, admire the landmark architecture of The National Library of Finland, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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