9 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

9 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  18 h 45 min
1
Rauma
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Oulu
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  5 h 45 min
5
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Washington DC

1
day
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, examine the collection at Marela Museum House, 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 ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rauma visit planner.

Washington DC, USA to Rauma is an approximately 19- hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington DC to Rauma, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in October, plan for cooler days in Rauma, with highs around 47°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

Museums Historic Sites
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Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum ©
Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum
Marela Museum House ©
Marela Museum House
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, admire the masterpieces at Turku Art Museum, step aboard Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip maker.

You can drive from Rauma to Turku in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

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

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then stroll around Lilla holmen, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Turku to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. October in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kastelholm Castle, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Lilla holmen ©
Lilla holmen
Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården ©

1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 24th (Thu), admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral, walk around Ainolan Puisto, then stroll through Nallikari Beach, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, and finally appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Oulu trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Oulu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Mariehamn in October, with highs in Oulu at 42°F and lows at 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Ainolan Puisto ©
Ainolan Puisto
Oulu Cathedral ©
Oulu Cathedral

1
night
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 25th (Fri): examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, browse the exhibits of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then have fun at Katariina Seaside Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kotka vacation maker tool.

Do a combination of flight and train from Oulu to Kotka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Sibelius Park ©
Sibelius Park
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

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