8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Oulu
— 1 day
2
Vaasa
— 1 night
3
Pori
— 1 night
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h
End: Jacksonville

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Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 10th (Fri), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, then stroll through Ainolan Puisto, and finally kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Oulu holiday planning site .

Jacksonville, USA to Oulu is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Jacksonville to Oulu. Traveling from Jacksonville in May, expect Oulu to be much colder, temps between 54°F and 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

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

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night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 11th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Vaasa trip website .

You can drive from Oulu to Vaasa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

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Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 12th (Sun), stroll through Kirjurinluoto, then make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Pori driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Pori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Pori sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum
Kirjurinluoto ©
Kirjurinluoto

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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 13th (Mon), get lost in a book at Turku City Library, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, then explore the galleries of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral. On your second day here, enjoy some diversion at Adventure Park, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally step aboard Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, use the Turku route planning site .

Getting from Pori to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. May in Turku sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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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 15th (Wed): examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, then take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kotka day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Turku to Kotka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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