29 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

29 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  17 h 15 min
1
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Pori
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Vaasa
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Oulu
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
5
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
6
Turku
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Hanko
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h
End: Washington DC

3
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. Get some historical perspective at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Get outdoors at Santalahti Nature Trail and Haapasaari Island. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, take a stroll through Hamina Old Town, observe the fascinating underwater world at Maretarium, and appreciate the history behind Kotka Sculpture Promenade.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip itinerary planning site.

Washington DC, USA to Kotka is an approximately 17- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Kotka is 7 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Washington DC in May, with highs in Kotka at 60°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Pori.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Hamina Old Town
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church ©
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

4
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Get some historical perspective at Old Rauma and Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pori: Rauma (The Old Town Hall Museum, Marela Museum House, &more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach, stop by Patakirppis, make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Pori trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Pori takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Pori sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Rauma
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The Old Town Hall Museum ©
The Old Town Hall Museum
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

4
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lakeuden Risti Church and Huutoniemen kirkko. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vaasa: Seinajoki (Seinajoen Taidehalli, Seinajoki Library, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Hietasaaren uimaranta, see the interesting displays at Vaasa Car & Motor Museum, don't miss a visit to Vanhan Vaasan rauniot, and cool off at Tropiclandia.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Vaasa itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pori to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Vaasa

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Seinajoki
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Vaasa Car & Motor Museum ©
Vaasa Car & Motor Museum
Lakeuden Risti Church ©
Lakeuden Risti Church
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta

4
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Get in touch with nature at Hupisaaret Park and Superpark Oulu. Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral and Kauppahalli will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Oulu Cathedral, stroll around Ainolan Puisto, and admire the masterpieces at Oulun Taidemuseo.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Oulu online road trip planner.

You can drive from Vaasa to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park
Oulu Cathedral ©
Oulu Cathedral

4
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Get some historical perspective at Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården and Bomarsund. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, try your luck at PAF Casino, make a trip to Aalands Parliament, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mariehamn trip planner.

Getting from Oulu to Mariehamn by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 40°F. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sund, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården ©
Bomarsund ©
Bomarsund

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visiting Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Vepsa Island will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at Flowpark Turku, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, and get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Turku online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hanko.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church

3
nights
Hanko

Hanko ©
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. Step out of the city life by going to Bellevue Beach and Tulliniemi Nature Path. Change things up with these side-trips from Hanko: Lohja (Liessaari Nature- & Wellness Trail, Church of St. Lawrence, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Hanko Water Tower.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hanko trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Hanko takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 40°F. You will leave for home on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in Hanko

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lohja
Find places to stay May 26 — 29:
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Tulliniemi Nature Path ©
Tulliniemi Nature Path
Church of St. Lawrence
Church of St. Lawrence