Route & dates
10 days in Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary
Rovaniemi— 4 nights
Helsinki— 5 nights
Fly: 4h 30min
Official Hometown of Santa Claus
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.Get a sense of the local culture at Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Pilke Science Centre. Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Eeron Polku Trail. And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, and see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa.
For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi holiday planner .
In April, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Helsinki.
Things to do in Rovaniemi
Eeron Polku Trail
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 13:
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.Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Nuuksio National Park and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. Change things up with a short trip to Teijo national park in Pernio (about 1h 50 min away). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pornaistenniemi Nature Trail, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and take a stroll through Ullanlinna.
For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planning site .
Getting from Rovaniemi to Helsinki by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Rovaniemi in April, with highs in Helsinki at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Helsinki
Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto, Teijo national park, Nuuksio National Park
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 18:
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