11 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
2
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: Melbourne

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, stroll through The Esplanadi Park, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip builder website .

Melbourne, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Helsinki. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Sarkanniemi Theme Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Family-friendly places like SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Pilke Science Centre will thrill your kids. Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda in Tornio--about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and see Santa Claus Office.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get slightly colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. You'll set off for home on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda
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Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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