8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kotka
— 2 nights
2
Pori
— 1 night
3
Vaasa
— 3 nights

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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and Marian Kirkko. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Katariina Seaside Park and Riverside Park. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum of Aviation, steep yourself in history at Kotka Church, trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, and take a stroll through Linden Esplanade.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotka road trip website.

Washington DC, USA to Kotka is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Kotka. Expect colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in June: highs in Kotka hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Hamina
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Katariina Seaside Park ©
Katariina Seaside Park
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 5th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), view the masterpieces at Pori Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, thentake an in-depth tour of Rosenlew Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Villa Mairea.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pori road trip planning tool.

Drive from Kotka to Pori in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Pori are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Villa Mairea
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Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) ©
Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko)
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea
Rosenlew Museum ©
Rosenlew Museum

3
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 6th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, thensee the interesting displays at Terranova, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Here are some ideas for day two: get lost in a book at Seinajoki Library, examine the collection at Arctic Museum Nanoq, and then take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vaasa itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Pori to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Vaasa, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. You will leave for home on the 8th (Mon).

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

Raippaluodon Silta, Seinajoki Library, Arctic Museum Nanoq
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Arctic Museum Nanoq ©
Arctic Museum Nanoq
Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum ©
Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum

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