10 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Helsinki
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Helsinki

— 5 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and Kansallisgalleria. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. Pack the 2nd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, make a splash at The Swimming Stadium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Helsinki. Traveling from Dubai in December, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then make a trip to Lordi's Square. On the next day, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online trip maker.

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in January; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -10°C and lows reach -17°C. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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