10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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10 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  29​h
End: Johannesburg

6
nights
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.
Pack the 27th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Rock Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and stroll through Sibelius Monument.

To find photos and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 31st (Mon), see Santa Claus Office, then have fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Pilke Science Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi holiday planning site .

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Tours Outdoors
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

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