6 days in Finland Itinerary

6 days in Finland Itinerary

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6 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Kotka
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Seattle

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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. On the 25th (Sat), stroll through Beach Mansikkalahti, then wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, and then contemplate the long history of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kotka trip maker website .

Seattle, USA to Kotka is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Seattle to Kotka. In May, Kotka is a bit cooler than Seattle - with highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 26th (Sun), make a trip to Naantali Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Turku trip planner .

Getting from Kotka to Turku by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, contemplate the long history of The Maritime Quarter, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn online day trip planner .

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In May in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kastelholm Castle, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

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nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, look for gifts at Okra, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, then take a stroll through Katajanokka, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki driving holiday planner.

Getting from Mariehamn to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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