29 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

29 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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29 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  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
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 outdoors at Santalahti Nature Trail and Haapasaari Island. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maretarium, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Isopuisto Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kotka trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Washington DC, USA to Kotka is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Kotka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in May, things will get little chillier in Kotka: highs are around 60°F and lows about 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Hamina Old Town
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

4
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Old Rauma and The Church of the Holy Cross will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Pori: Rauma (The Old Town Hall Museum, Marela Museum House, & more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), take an in-depth tour of Rosenlew Museum, and stop by Patakirppis.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Pori trip planner .

Getting from Kotka to Pori by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Pori are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

#Museums, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trip

Rauma
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

4
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Vaasa: Seinajoki (Lakeuden Risti Church, Seinajoen Taidehalli - Seinajoki Art Hall, & more).

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Vaasa trip planner .

Getting from Pori to Vaasa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. May in Vaasa sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Oulu.

Things to do in Vaasa

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Beaches

Side Trip

Seinajoki
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Tropiclandia ©
Tropiclandia
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta
Seinajoki Library ©
Seinajoki Library

4
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Oulu is known for shopping, beaches, parks, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach, pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Oulu trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Oulu, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Oulu

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park

4
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Your inner history buff will appreciate Bomarsund and Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, make a trip to Aalands Parliament, admire the masterpieces at Alands konstmuseum, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn trip planning website .

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 train and ferry. In May in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 40°F at night. 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, #Casinos

Side Trips

Sund, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
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.
Visit Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova for their historical value. Get outdoors at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Vepsa Island. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Turku University Botanical Garden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and admire the masterpieces at Turku Art Museum.

Plan my day in Turku using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Turku

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 21 — 26:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

3
nights
Hanko

Hanko ©
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. Get outdoors at Bellevue Beach and Tulliniemi Nature Path. Explore Hanko's surroundings by going to Lohja (Liessaari Nature- & Wellness Trail, Lohjan Pyhan Laurin Kirkko the Church of St Lawrence Lohja, & more). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Hanko Water Tower.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hanko attractions site .

Traveling by car from Turku to Hanko takes 2 hours. May in Hanko sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F at night. You will leave for home on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in Hanko

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Lohja
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Aurlahti Beach ©
Aurlahti Beach

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