8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  8​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:  8​h
End: Zurich

1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, walk around Ainolan Puisto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral, then pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli.

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Zurich, Switzerland to Oulu is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Zurich to Oulu, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Zurich in October, with highs in Oulu at 6°C and lows at 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Oulu

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

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Kobba Klintar, and finally explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn road trip tool .

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. While traveling from Oulu, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mariehamn, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

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. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, get engrossed in the history at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, and delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Turku tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October in Turku, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Old Rauma, Moomin World
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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 (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, then steep yourself in history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park, then walk around Sapokka Water Garden, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maretarium.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kotka holiday builder website .

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kotka are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Nature
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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