11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

5
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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately 48 minutes away. Pack the 1st (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church, make a trip to Market Square Kauppatori, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki route builder tool .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in November, with highs in Rovaniemi at -2°C and lows at -7°C. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Theme Parks Parks
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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