7 days in Finnish Archipelago & Central Finland Itinerary

7 days in Finnish Archipelago & Central Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 1 day
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Naantali
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
Drive
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Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly

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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 26th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Church, steep yourself in history at Hamina Fortress, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, admire the striking features of Hamina Town Hall, then walk around Riverside Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church.

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

Birmingham, USA to Kotka is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Birmingham to Kotka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Birmingham in July, expect nights in Kotka to be a bit cooler, around 55°F, while days are cooler, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Naantali.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Naantali

Naantali is a town in south-western Finland, known as one of the most important tourist centres of the country. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and finally get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, get your game on at Moomin World, and then trek along The Archipelago Trail.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Naantali trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Naantali takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. July in Naantali sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Naantali

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:

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Jyvaskyla

Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, stop by Punnitse & Saasta, then examine the collection at The Craft Museum of Finland, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kuokkalan kartano.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Jyvaskyla trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Naantali to Jyvaskyla in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 29:

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Oulu

Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): stroll around Hupisaaret Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach, and then get your game on at Oulu Climbing Centre.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Oulu online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Jyvaskyla to Oulu by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 54°F. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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Southwest Finland travel guide

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Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Southwest Finland, also known in English as Finland Proper is the region in south-western Finland that borders the regions of Satakunta and Tavastia Proper. Its capital and biggest city is Turku with 182,000 inhabitants and metro population of 316,000. Turku was also the most important city in Finland from its establishment around the 13th century until the 1840s.The area comprising the southwest is largely the same as the historical province of Finland Proper, so named because it is the original home of the tribe known as the Finns. 5.7% of population of the region speaks Swedish natively.Origin of the nameThe name of Finland Proper has a historical function. In historic times, in the area of the present southern Finland lived three tribes, which were the Finns, the Tavastians and the Karelians. The southwestern part of the country, the province where the Finns lived, was called simply Finland (Finnish: Suomi). In the 17th century the name began to be used to refer to the whole land and a specified name for the lesser Finland was required. The first notes Fennigia specialiter dicta and Fennigia presse dicta were recorded in Latin in the 1650s and the Swedish Finland för sig sielft and Egenteliga Finland later in the 18th century the modern form Egentliga Finland being in official use at the end of the century. The Finnish term Varsinais-Suomi became established only around the 1850s.

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Central Finland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · History Museums · Military Museums
Central Finland is a region in Finland. It borders the regions of Päijät-Häme, Pirkanmaa, Southern Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, Northern Ostrobothnia, Pohjois-Savo, and Etelä-Savo.Jyväskylä is the regional centre and by far the largest city in the area.Historical provincesFor history, geography and culture see: Tavastia, Savonia, Ostrobothnia

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