8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Vilnius
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Oulu
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Vilnius

1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach, get curious at Tietomaa, then admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral, and finally hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Oulu trip itinerary planner.

Vilnius, Lithuania to Oulu is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Vilnius in January; daily highs in Oulu reach -7°C and lows reach -14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Tietomaa ©
Tietomaa
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mariehamn road trip planning app .

You can fly from Oulu to Mariehamn in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, Mariehamn is a bit warmer than Oulu - with highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Room Escape Games

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Go for a jaunt from Turku to Rauma to see Old Rauma about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, take a tour of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, explore the world behind art at Turku Art Museum, and examine the collection at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Turku vacation tool .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Mariehamn in January, things will get little chillier in Turku: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maretarium, and finally stroll around Sapokka Water Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park, appreciate the history behind Kotka Sculpture Promenade, then take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Hamina Town Hall.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka route planner.

Getting from Turku to Kotka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Turku in January: highs in Kotka hover around -6°C, while lows dip to -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hamina Town Hall
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Maretarium ©
Maretarium

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