10 days in Helsinki Region, Rauma & Lapland Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki Region, Rauma & Lapland Itinerary

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10 days in Helsinki Region, Rauma & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
2
Rauma
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Salla
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Brussels

3
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.
Let the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rock Church and Helsinki Cathedral. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Katajanokka, stroll through The Esplanadi Park, make a trip to Senate Square, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Helsinki. Traveling from Brussels in December, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

3
nights
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Automobile Museum and The Old Town Hall Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Old Rauma and Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island are in your itinerary. Explore Rauma's surroundings by going to Pori (Yyteri Beach & Herrainpaivat Beach), Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki) and Villa Mairea (in Noormarkku). There's more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum and examine the collection at Marela Museum House.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rauma trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Rauma in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Rauma, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Salla.

Things to do in Rauma

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Uusikaupunki, Pori, Villa Mairea
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Automobile Museum ©
Automobile Museum
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Bonk Museum ©
Bonk Museum

1
day
Salla

Salla
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue and then learn about all things military at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Salla online road trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rauma to Salla. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rauma in December: high temperatures in Salla hover around -7°C and lows are around -16°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Salla

Museums Nightlife Historic Sites
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2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 9th (Mon), find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, then see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): stroll through Feelapland, then take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum, and then stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi vacation planner.

Getting from Salla to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Wildlife Outdoors
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Rovaniemi Local History Museum ©
Rovaniemi Local History Museum

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