10 days in Rovaniemi, Saariselka & Helsinki Itinerary

10 days in Rovaniemi, Saariselka & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
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Helsinki
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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi) and Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi day trip website.

Helsinki to Rovaniemi is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in January; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -10°C and lows reach -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Theme Parks

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Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the venue of The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Saariselka road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, Saariselka is a bit cooler at night with lows of -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, then browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In January, Helsinki is a bit warmer than Saariselka - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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