15 days in Helsinki & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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15 days in Helsinki & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
4
Pori
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Hamina
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Munich

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Hakaniemi Market. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). Pack the 11th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planning tool .

Munich, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Munich in August, you will find days in Helsinki are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

4
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Explore hidden gems such as Aland Maritime Museum and Kastelholm Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mariehamn: Eckero (Leklandet & Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum) and Bomarsund (in Sund). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kobba Klintar, contemplate the long history of The Maritime Quarter, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mariehamn trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Mariehamn takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aland Island, Sund, Eckero
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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.
On the 17th (Sat), let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku online route planner .

Fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

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

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 19th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at The Old Town Hall Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), get engrossed in the history at Rosenlew Museum, then stroll through Kirjurinluoto, and finally enjoy some friendly competition at Space Bowling & Billiards.

To find out how to plan a trip to Pori, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Pori are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hamina.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Rauma
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Kirjurinluoto ©
Kirjurinluoto

1
night
Hamina

Hamina ©
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. On the 21st (Wed), hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hamina online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Pori to Hamina in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In August in Hamina, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamina

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trip

Kotka
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

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