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 Kotka Church. Get outdoors at Santalahti Nature Trail and Haapasaari Island. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, observe the fascinating underwater world at Maretarium, walk around Isopuisto Park, and appreciate the history behind Kotka Sculpture Promenade.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip planning site.

Washington DC, USA to Kotka is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. 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 Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hamina Old Town
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum ©

4
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Get some historical perspective at Old Rauma and The Church of the Holy Cross. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pori: Rauma (The Old Town Hall Museum, Marela Museum House, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach, look for gifts at Patakirppis, stroll around Kirjurinluoto, and make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Pori trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Kotka to Pori by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

Museums Shopping Parks

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 ©
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 Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, cool off at Tropiclandia, and don't miss a visit to Vanhan Vaasan rauniot.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, 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

Theme Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Seinajoki
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Tropiclandia ©
Tropiclandia
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 Nallikari Beach and Hupisaaret Park. Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral and Oulu Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, get curious at Tietomaa, appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Oulu trip app.

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Oulu are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Oulu

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

4
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Get some historical perspective at Bomarsund and Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, admire the masterpieces at The Aland Island Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and make a trip to The Maritime Quarter.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn day trip planning site.

You can fly from Oulu to Mariehamn in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to 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.
Visiting Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Flowpark Turku will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and explore the world behind art at Turku Art Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, 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 Aurlahti Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hanko: Lohja (Liessaari Nature- & Wellness Trail, Church of St. Lawrence, &more). There's more to do: hike along Tulliniemi Nature Path and enjoy breathtaking views from Hanko Water Tower.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Hanko vacation builder.

You can drive from Turku to Hanko in 2 hours. In May in Hanko, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 40°F at night. On the 29th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

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