11 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Helsinki

7
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Room Escape Games and Kansallisgalleria. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre (in Vantaa), Lahti (Musical Fountain & Sibelius Hall) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). Pack the 20th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, meet the residents at Korkeasaari Zoo, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip website .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Lahti, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Heureka, Porvoo Old Town
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Room Escape Games
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 23rd (Sun), engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, then examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and finally have fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Lordi's Square, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see Santa Claus Office, snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi journey builder tool .

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Rovaniemi to be little chillier, temps between -6°C and -13°C. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

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