9 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

9 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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9 days in Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Nice
Drive:  35​h
1
Kotka
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Pori
— 1 night
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Oulu
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Nice

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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kotka route planner.

Nice, France to Kotka is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Nice to Kotka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nice in May, things will get little chillier in Kotka: highs are around 18°C and lows about 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirjurinluoto, then don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, and then stroll through Yyteri Beach.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Pori trip planner .

Drive from Kotka to Pori in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Pori, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) 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

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 8th (Wed), let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle. On your second day here, get your game on at Moomin World, then make a trip to Naantali Old Town, then browse the collection at Turku City Library, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May in Turku, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilla holmen, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn tour site .

Getting from Turku to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, Kastelholm Castle
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

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night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 11th (Sat), kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, then hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, and then appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Oulu road trip planner .

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. In May, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli
Toripolliisi ©
Toripolliisi

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