16 days in Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

16 days in Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

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16 days in Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

Johannesburg
Fly:  26​h
Rovaniemi
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
Johannesburg

8
days
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Amethyst Mine Lapland and Sampo Icebreaker. Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Pilke Science Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Tornio (Tornio Church & The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley), Kemi Church (in Kemi) and Tatuka Palvelut (in Ylitornio). On the 4th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Ski Resort Ritavalkea. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at SantaPark, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Rovaniemi is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, things will get colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kemi, Tornio, Ski Resort Ritavalkea, Tatuka Palvelut, Amethyst Mine Lapland
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Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church

6
days
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas & Wellness and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Stromforsin ruukki and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo--about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and stroll through Hietaranta Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Helsinki planner .

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Porvoo Old Town, Stromforsin ruukki
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Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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