8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

8 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  18 h 15 min
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Newark

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 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church, admire the striking features of Main Building of Military School, then take a stroll through Hamina Old Town, and finally trek along Santalahti Nature Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Hamina Town Hall, contemplate the long history of St. John's Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko, admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Fortress, then admire the landmark architecture of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and finally walk around Riverside Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kotka driving holiday planner.

Newark, USA to Kotka is an approximately 15- hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Kotka. Traveling from Newark in August, expect Kotka to be slightly colder, temps between 68°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hamina
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Hamina Town Hall ©
Hamina Town Hall
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church
Marian Kirkko ©
Marian Kirkko

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get some cultural insight at Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Turku Cathedral and Archangel Michael's church will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, head off the coast to Vepsa Island, and pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Marttyyrikeisarinna Aleksandran Kirkko.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Turku takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rauma.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum, examine the collection at Marela Museum House, then brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Rauma trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Turku to Rauma takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. You will leave for home on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Rauma

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

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