8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Kotka
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
5
Oulu
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
End: Manchester

1
day
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 24th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Centre Pasaati.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotka online travel planner .

Manchester, UK to Kotka is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Manchester to Kotka, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, Kotka is a bit cooler than Manchester - with highs of -2°C and lows of -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rauma.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Shopping Parks
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Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

1
night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, and finally enjoy the sea views from Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rauma trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Rauma takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Rauma sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites Shopping
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross
Ruokapuoti Lumo ©
Ruokapuoti Lumo

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, admire the masterpieces at Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Turku journey planning app .

Traveling by car from Rauma to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in February, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Beaches
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then steep yourself in history at The Maritime Quarter, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Mariehamn road trip app .

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 2nd (Sat), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, then stroll through Ainolan Puisto, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Oulu road trip website .

Getting from Mariehamn to Oulu by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Mariehamn in March, things will get slightly colder in Oulu: highs are around 0°C and lows about -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli
Ainolan Puisto ©
Ainolan Puisto

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