8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finnish Archipelago vacation builder

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
— 1 night
— 3 nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
— 2 nights



— 1 night
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 21st (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, steep yourself in history at Kotka Church, then see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka online tour itinerary maker.

London, UK to Kotka is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from London to Kotka, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from London in December: highs in Kotka hover around -1°C, while lows dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, explore the world behind art at Turku Art Museum, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Turku trip itinerary planning 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 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 1 night
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mariehamn travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Fun & Games
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— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 26th (Thu), kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, then get curious at Tietomaa, then pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Kauppahalli. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral, walk around Ainolan Puisto, then examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and finally see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Oulu route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Oulu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, Oulu is slightly colder than Mariehamn - with highs of -2°C and lows of -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Outdoors
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