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

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then stroll around The Esplanadi Park, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Helsinki. On the next day, explore the engaging exhibits at Exhibition Centre WeeGee, explore the engaging exhibits at Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka, then engage your brain at The Finnish Museum of Horology, then steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary builder app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Espoo
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Exhibition Centre WeeGee ©
Exhibition Centre WeeGee
SEA LIFE Helsinki ©
SEA LIFE Helsinki

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kids will appreciate attractions like SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Pilke Science Centre. Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Amethyst Mine Lapland in Luosto, 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, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi tour itinerary site .

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 little chillier in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Tours Theme Parks

Side Trip

Amethyst Mine Lapland
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre

3
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Kids will appreciate attractions like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and The Swimming Stadium. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Vantaa to see Heureka about 32 minutes away. See even more of Helsinki: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church, and see the interesting displays at Vantaa Art Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki holiday builder .

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vantaa
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

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