8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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Fly
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Oulu
— 1 night
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Kotka
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Turku
— 4 nights
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Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 28th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, contemplate the long history of Kauppahalli, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Loihakka, then see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and finally walk around Ainolan Puisto.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Oulu online visit planner.

Geneva, Switzerland to Oulu is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Geneva to Oulu. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Geneva in December: high temperatures in Oulu hover around -2°C and lows are around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Oulu

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Wildlife
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Kotka

— 2 nights
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 30th (Wed): examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church, then pause for some photo ops at Kotka Sculpture Promenade, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Maretarium, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Fortress, then don't miss a visit to Hamina Town Hall, then steep yourself in history at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Main Building of Military School.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kotka planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Oulu to Kotka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Rauma (Ruokapuoti Lumo, Old Rauma, &more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip maker website.

You can drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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