15 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Kotka
— 3 nights
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
5
Turku
— 3 nights
6
Pori
— 1 night
7
Tampere
— 2 nights

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, thenget engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki online vacation planner.

Athens, Greece to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Athens in August; daily highs in Helsinki reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Linden Esplanade and Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at Hiidenvuori and Santalahti Nature Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Kotka: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola). Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Valkmusa National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park and head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kotka trip builder website.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Valkmusa National Park, Arboretum Mustila, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Hiidenvuori, Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 16th (Fri), appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, thenlook for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip maker tool.

Drive from Kotka to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, thenhead off the coast to Kobba Klintar, thenstroll around Lilla holmen, and finally take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, thensee the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Mariehamn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, Kastelholm Castle
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get some cultural insight at Turku Castle and Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turku Cathedral and Tulliniemi Nature Path. Step out of Turku to go to Pernio and see Teijo National Park, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Vepsa Island.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Turku day trip planner.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pernio, Tulliniemi Nature Path
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park

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night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 22nd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), thentake an in-depth tour of Rosenlew Museum, thenview the masterpieces at Pori Art Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Pori driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Museums Beaches
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Rosenlew Museum ©
Rosenlew Museum
Pori Art Museum ©
Pori Art Museum

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 23rd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, thentake in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing and then enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tampere journey maker tool.

Drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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