8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Hanko
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Kotka
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
day
Hanko

Hanko
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. On the 19th (Sun), kick back and relax at Bellevue Beach and then hike along Tulliniemi Nature Path.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanko attractions planner .

New York City, USA to Hanko is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in May: high temperatures in Hanko hover around 59°F and lows are around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Hanko

Parks Outdoors Trails
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2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Abo Akademi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and finally hike along The Archipelago Trail. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, see the interesting displays at Ett Hem Museum, then examine the collection at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Turku route builder site .

Drive from Hanko to Turku in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail

1
night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki, learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, examine the collection at Marela Museum House, then take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rauma trip maker app .

You can drive from Turku to Rauma in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Rauma sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Rauma

Museums Historic Sites
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The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

3
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 23rd (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Main Building of Military School, don't miss a visit to Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marian Kirkko, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Church, then admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Town Hall, and finally identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, then let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park, then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, and finally get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka tour planner .

Getting from Rauma to Kotka by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hamina
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Kotka Church ©
Kotka Church
Hamina Town Hall ©
Hamina Town Hall
Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral ©

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