6 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

6 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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6 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Cardiff

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then steep yourself in history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Sibelius Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kotka road trip planning site .

Cardiff, UK to Kotka is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cardiff to Kotka due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 8th (Wed), have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku driving holiday planner .

Drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

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night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): walk around Lilla holmen, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mariehamn travel route planning website .

Fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rauma.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

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

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night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rauma trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Mariehamn to Rauma takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

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