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
Kotka
— 1 day
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Rauma
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: New York City


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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Main Building of Military School, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Church, make a trip to Hamina Fortress, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, then make a trip to Hamina Town Hall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kotka trip itinerary tool .

New York City, USA to Kotka is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in July; daily highs in Kotka reach 70°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hamina
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Kotka Church ©
Kotka Church
Hamina Town Hall ©
Hamina Town Hall
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn day trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kotka to Mariehamn in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kastelholm Castle
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 5th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. On the next day, browse the collection at Turku City Library, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

3
nights
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, then explore the world behind art at Rauma Art Museum, then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, get engrossed in the history at The Old Town Hall Museum, look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo, then see the interesting displays at Marela Museum House, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rauma trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Turku to Rauma by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Rauma sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rauma

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pori
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The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

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