7 days in Helsinki & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bern
Train + Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Kotka
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
End: Bern

2
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.
Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then stop by Taiga Colors, then get a taste of the local shopping with Market Square Kauppatori, and finally browse the range of quality goods at Stockmann Department Store.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary site.

Bern, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 7- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Bern, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
The National Museum of Finland ©
The National Museum of Finland

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mariehamn trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Mariehamn takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and then identify plant and animal life at Vepsa Island.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Turku vacation maker tool.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Beaches Outdoors Wildlife
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

2
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. On the 20th (Fri), make a trip to Stromforsin Ruukki and then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila. On the next day, hike along Santalahti Nature Trail and then walk around Riverside Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka online route planner.

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In July in Kotka, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Stromforsin Ruukki
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Stromforsin Ruukki ©
Stromforsin Ruukki
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

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