8 days in Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

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8 days in Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  17​h
1
Hanko
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  5​h
4
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Helsinki
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  14​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
day
Hanko

Hanko ©
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Bellevue Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Tulliniemi Nature Path, and then make a trip to Hanko Water Tower.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanko visit planning website .

Washington DC, USA to Hanko is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Hanko is 7 hours. In May, Hanko is slightly colder than Washington DC - with highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Hanko

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Tulliniemi Nature Path ©
Tulliniemi Nature Path
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach

1
night
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 1st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Sibeliusmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

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You can drive from Hanko to Turku in 2 hours. In May in Turku, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilla holmen.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. June in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, contemplate the long history of St. John's Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, then identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

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Do a combination of flight and train from Mariehamn to Kotka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In June, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Hamina
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Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Helsinki sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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