8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finnish Archipelago sightseeing planner

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Kotka
— 1 night
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Turku
— 4 nights
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Kotka

— 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 22nd (Sat): let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park, stroll around Riverside Park, get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church, then walk around Sibelius Park, and finally stroll around Sapokka Water Garden.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kotka trip itinerary planning app.

Helsinki to Kotka is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Kotka are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then stroll around Lilla holmen, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Badhuset Mariebad. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Bomarsund, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, then explore the engaging exhibits at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, and finally step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn trip maker site.

You can fly from Kotka to Mariehamn in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Kotka in May, expect nights in Mariehamn to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Rauma (Ruokapuoti Lumo, Old Rauma, &more). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, have fun at Adventure Park, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Turku trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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