27 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

27 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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27 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  22​h
1
Oulu
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
2
Seinajoki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Vaasa
— 4 nights
4
Pori
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Hanko
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Lohja
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Kotka
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
9
Turku
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Houston

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Visiting Nallikari Beach and Hupisaaret Park will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kauppahalli, pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, examine the collection at Oulun Taidemuseo, and experience the excitement of Oulu Climbing Centre.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Oulu trip planner .

Houston, USA to Oulu is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 8 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in December; daily highs in Oulu reach 28°F and lows reach 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Seinajoki.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo ©
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Oulu Climbing Centre ©
Oulu Climbing Centre

2
nights
Seinajoki

Seinajoki ©
Seinäjoki is a city located in Southern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 24th (Mon), have fun at Duudsonit Activity Park, then don't miss a visit to Aalto Center of Seinajoki, and then get lost in a book at Seinajoki Library. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Lakeuden Risti Church, examine the collection at Civil Guard and Lotta Svard Museum, head outdoors with Wallsports Areena Seinajoki, then see the interesting displays at Tornava Museum Area, and finally look for gifts at Jari Makii Oy.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Seinajoki day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Oulu to Seinajoki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Seinajoki sees daily highs of 31°F and lows of 20°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Seinajoki

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Museum of South Ostrobothnia ©
Museum of South Ostrobothnia
Seinajoki Library ©
Seinajoki Library
Lakeuden Risti Church ©
Lakeuden Risti Church

4
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Escape the urban bustle at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and Ojberget.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Vaasa visit planner.

Drive from Seinajoki to Vaasa in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Seinajoki in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°F in Vaasa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Ojberget ©
Ojberget
Setterbergin Puisto ©
Setterbergin Puisto

3
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Rauma (Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, & more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, stroll through Kirjurinluoto, and take an in-depth tour of Rosenlew Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Pori travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vaasa to Pori in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in December, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rauma
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum
Rosenlew Museum ©
Rosenlew Museum

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 2nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Bellevue Beach, trek along Tulliniemi Nature Path, and then take in panoramic vistas at Hanko Water Tower.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hanko trip planner .

Getting from Pori to Hanko by car takes about 3.5 hours. In January in Hanko, expect temperatures between 27°F during the day and 17°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Lohja.

Things to do in Hanko

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Tulliniemi Nature Path ©
Tulliniemi Nature Path

1
night
Lohja

Lohja ©
Lohja is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the Uusimaa region. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Tytyri Mine Experience, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aurlahti Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lohjan Pyhan Laurin Kirkko the Church of St Lawrence Lohja.

To find photos and other tourist information, you can read our Lohja trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Hanko to Lohja in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 25°F, and evening lows to 16°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Lohja

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
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Tytyri Mine Experience ©
Tytyri Mine Experience

4
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. Take a break from the city and head to Santalahti Nature Trail and Beach Mansikkalahti. Take a break from Kotka with a short trip to Marian Kirkko in Hamina, about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, admire the landmark architecture of Main Building of Military School, and meet the residents at Maretarium.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip maker app .

You can drive from Lohja to Kotka in 2 hours. January in Kotka sees daily highs of 22°F and lows of 13°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hamina
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, steep yourself in history at Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then steep yourself in history at Bomarsund, then take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, then explore the engaging exhibits at The Aland Island Art Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kotka to Mariehamn takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Kotka in January, things will get a bit warmer in Mariehamn: highs are around 32°F and lows about 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Sund, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar
Room Escape Games

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get outdoors at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Vepsa Island. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, get engrossed in the history at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Turku journey maker website .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January, Turku is slightly colder than Mariehamn - with highs of 27°F and lows of 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

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