25 days in Finnish Archipelago & Southwest Finland Itinerary

25 days in Finnish Archipelago & Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Hanko
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Hanko
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 6 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Oulu
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Harma
— 1 night
Drive
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Pori
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kotka
— 6 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Kuwait City

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Hanko

— 2 nights
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. On the 24th (Tue), kick back and relax at Bellevue Beach, then enjoy breathtaking views from Hanko Water Tower, and then trek along Tulliniemi Nature Path. On your second day here, examine the collection at Fiskars Museum and then don't miss a visit to Fiskars Village.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanko online itinerary maker.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Hanko is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Kuwait City in August, with highs in Hanko at 23°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Hanko

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:

Turku

— 6 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku day trip website.

Getting from Hanko to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 31:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 3 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Attractions like Aland Maritime Museum and Museumship Pommern make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Mariehamn to Eckero to see Karingsunds Viltsafari about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Kobba Klintar, walk around Lilla holmen, and examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mariehamn road trip planning site.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 3:

Oulu

— 4 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nallikari Beach and Hupisaaret Park. There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Outdoors Oulu Oy, admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral, contemplate the waterfront views at Koitelinkoski, and walk around Ainolan Puisto.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Oulu trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Oulu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Harma.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 7:

Harma

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Powerpark.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Harma trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Harma takes 4 hours. In September in Harma, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pori.

Things to do in Harma

Theme Parks
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:
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Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 9th (Thu), kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Pori trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Harma to Pori takes 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Kotka.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Kotka

— 6 nights
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. Kids will enjoy Santalahti Nature Trail and Riverside Park. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, meet the residents at Maretarium, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Centre Pasaati.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Pori to Kotka by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 16:

Southwest Finland travel guide

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Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Southwest Finland, also known in English as Finland Proper is the region in south-western Finland that borders the regions of Satakunta and Tavastia Proper. Its capital and biggest city is Turku with 182,000 inhabitants and metro population of 316,000. Turku was also the most important city in Finland from its establishment around the 13th century until the 1840s.The area comprising the southwest is largely the same as the historical province of Finland Proper, so named because it is the original home of the tribe known as the Finns. 5.7% of population of the region speaks Swedish natively.Origin of the nameThe name of Finland Proper has a historical function. In historic times, in the area of the present southern Finland lived three tribes, which were the Finns, the Tavastians and the Karelians. The southwestern part of the country, the province where the Finns lived, was called simply Finland (Finnish: Suomi). In the 17th century the name began to be used to refer to the whole land and a specified name for the lesser Finland was required. The first notes Fennigia specialiter dicta and Fennigia presse dicta were recorded in Latin in the 1650s and the Swedish Finland för sig sielft and Egenteliga Finland later in the 18th century the modern form Egentliga Finland being in official use at the end of the century. The Finnish term Varsinais-Suomi became established only around the 1850s.

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