11 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Helsinki

— 6 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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. Pack the 23rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online road trip planner.

Pula, Croatia to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Pula in December, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums

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Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Tatuka Reindeerfarm in Ylitornio--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and get curious at Pilke Science Centre.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online journey planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

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