26 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

26 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Ahtari
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
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Kotka

— 4 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. Bring the kids along to Repovesi National Park and Sapokka Water Garden. Step off the beaten path and head to Maritime Centre Vellamo and Fagerö Kaunissaari. Change things up with these side-trips from Kotka: Ruotsinpyhtaa (Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa & Eijas Garden) and Loviisa (Svartholm Fortress, Loviisan kirkko, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Kokkovuori (Bonfire Mountain), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and contemplate the long history of Kotka Church.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kotka using our trip planner.

Vienna, Austria to Kotka is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Vienna to Kotka is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Vienna in June; daily highs in Kotka reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 1:

Lappeenranta

— 2 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 2nd (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, then admire the landmark architecture of Lappeen Marian kirkko, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lemin kirkko, and finally get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta online holiday planner.

Getting from Kotka to Lappeenranta by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip builder site.

Drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ahtari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 4:

Ahtari

— 1 night
Ähtäri is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the Southern Ostrobothnia region. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): meet the residents at Ahtari Zoo.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ahtari sightseeing planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Ahtari in 4.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ahtari are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Ahtari

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 5:
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Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hatanpaa Arboretum and Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vapriikin Museokeskus and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Birthplace of Jean Sibelius (in Hameenlinna), Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala) and The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and examine the collection at Moomin Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Ahtari to Tampere in 2 hours. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 9:

Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stroll through Herrainpaivat Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pori Art Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko). On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Kuuskajaskari, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, and finally take an in-depth tour of Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Pori trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Tampere to Pori by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and Turku Castle. Bring the kids along to Naantali Old Town and Kultaranta Garden. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, make a splash at JukuPark Turku, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and admire the striking features of Kuusisto Manor.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Turku day trip planning site.

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 1 night
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 15th (Thu), walk around Lilla holmen, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then don't miss a visit to The Maritime Quarter, and finally see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:

Helsinki

— 7 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Bring the kids along to Heureka and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Kansallisgalleria and Porvoo Old Town. Venture out of the city with trips to Porvoo (Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, Cathedral of Porvoo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kallio Church, and admire the landmark architecture of The National Library of Finland.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki vacation app.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 22: