16 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

16 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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16 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: London
Drive + Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 3 nights
3
Pori
— 1 night
4
Vaasa
— 3 nights
5
Oulu
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 45​min
6
Kotka
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h
End: London

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, then walk around Lilla holmen, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Bomarsund, take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, then step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mariehamn trip planning site .

London, UK to Mariehamn is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from London to Mariehamn, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in August, expect nights in Mariehamn to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Turku.

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
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

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nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
When in Turku, make a side trip to see Old Rauma in Rauma, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku tour builder tool .

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 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naantali, Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, and finally walk around Kirjurinluoto.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pori route maker app .

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum
Kirjurinluoto ©
Kirjurinluoto

3
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kids will enjoy Powerpark and Tropiclandia. When in Vaasa, make a side trip to see Seinajoki Library in Seinajoki, approximately 1h 20 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 24th (Sat) at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. The adventure continues: sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery and examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Vaasa trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Pori to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Vaasa are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Oulu.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

Seinajoki Library, Powerpark
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Powerpark ©
Powerpark
Tropiclandia ©
Tropiclandia

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kids will enjoy Nallikari Beach and Tietomaa. There's much more to do: stroll around Ainolan Puisto, explore the activities along Koitelinkoski, take in the spiritual surroundings of Oulu Cathedral, and hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Oulu day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Oulu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Koitelinkoski
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Ainolan Puisto ©
Ainolan Puisto
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli

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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. Kotka is known for parks, museums, zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Sapokka Water Garden, hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Oulu to Kotka takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Trails
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maretarium ©
Maretarium
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo