18 days in Finnish Archipelago & Southwest Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finnish Archipelago & Southwest Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finnish Archipelago & Southwest Finland Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  18​h
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Pernio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hanko
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Rauma
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Oulu
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Montreal

2
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. Escape the urban bustle at Santalahti Nature Trail and Beach Mansikkalahti. Discover out-of-the-way places like Riverside Park and Katariina Seaside Park. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, and take a stroll through Linden Esplanade.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kotka day trip website .

Montreal, Canada to Kotka is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Montreal to Kotka, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in July, expect Kotka to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pernio.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Beach Mansikkalahti ©
Beach Mansikkalahti
Katariina Seaside Park ©
Katariina Seaside Park

1
night
Pernio

Pernio ©
Perniö is a former municipality of Finland. On the 18th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Teijo national park.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Pernio trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Pernio takes 3.5 hours. July in Pernio sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Pernio

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park

1
night
Hanko

Hanko
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Hanko Water Tower, trek along Tulliniemi Nature Path, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bellevue Beach.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hanko trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Pernio to Hanko takes 1.5 hours. In July in Hanko, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Hanko

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Archipelago National Park. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Oro.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kimito Island day trip planner .

Drive from Hanko to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Kimito Island are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore hidden gems such as The Archipelago Trail and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Turku Castle, have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, have fun at Adventure Park, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Turku trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rauma.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

2
nights
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), then don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, get outside with Kuuskajaskari, then take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum, then stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rauma online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Turku to Rauma in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rauma

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Pori
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Kuuskajaskari ©
Kuuskajaskari
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Terranova, then examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, then head outdoors with Ojberget, and finally don't miss a visit to Kaupungintalo - City Hall.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Vaasa route planner.

Drive from Rauma to Vaasa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Vaasa sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Ojberget ©
Ojberget
Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum ©

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Escape the urban bustle at Nallikari Beach and Hupisaaret Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oulu Climbing Centre and Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ainolan Puisto, examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Oulu trip planner .

You can drive from Vaasa to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. July in Oulu sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park
Oulu Climbing Centre ©
Oulu Climbing Centre

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