7 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

7 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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7 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  24​h
1
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  26​h
End: Chicago

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. On the 12th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Rankki Island.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Kotka is an approximately 24-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Kotka, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, things will get slightly colder in Kotka: highs are around 68°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then examine the collection at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the collection at Turku City Library, then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, then brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally gain insight at Turku Cathedral.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip planner .

You can drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum ©
Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, then take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn road trip site .

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mariehamn

#Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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