Coast and Archipelago
Travel the Archipelago Trail by car, 250 km along the coast with 12 bridges, 9 ferries, and idyllic towns along the way or take a cruise on a vintage steamship through the archipelago.
Explore the lighthouses dotting the coastline, with Utö having the first lighthouse in Finland built in 1753. It was destroyed later in a war, and the replacement was built in 1814. It is currently the oldest working lighthouse in the country. Location of 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites: Kvarken Archipelago, Sammallahdenmäki Bronze Age burial site, and Old Rauma wooden town. Foodies beware: You’ll find the best food and drinks in Turku, Vaasa, and Oulu, cities on the west coast. Explore the historic wooden towns including Old Porvoo, Loviisa, Pikisaari, and Naantali, which date back to the 15th century. Children will enjoy Moomin World, a theme park based on the Moomin fairytale characters.
Take a guided tour to explore Suomenlinna fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit Old Porvoo, known for its colorful wooden warehouses on the river, with restaurants, cafes, shops, and boutiques featuring works by local artists. Take a canal and archipelago cruise, or tour Helsinki by Segway. Less than an hour from Helsinki you can spend time exploring Nuuksio National Park. Visit Espoo to see the 500-year-old medieval Cathedral, see the Museum of Modern Art and explore the town.