11 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
2
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Bus + 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.
Kick 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 get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Helsinki. Keep things going the next day: have fun and explore at Exhibition Centre WeeGee, have fun and explore at Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka, engage your brain at The Finnish Museum of Horology, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Espoo
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Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) ©
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali)
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. Change things up with a short trip to Amethyst Mine Lapland in Luosto (about 1h 35 min away). There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and wander the wide-open spaces of Orbas Reindeer Farm.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Amethyst Mine Lapland
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre

3
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Bring the kids along to Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Heureka. Enjoy Helsinki some more: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and examine the collection at Vantaa Art Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to 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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