11 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  6 h 30 min
2
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
train:  6 h 30 min
3
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Dubai

2
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 26th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki tour planning website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dubai in December, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Spas Parks
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Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
The Esplanadi Park ©
The Esplanadi Park

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from the city and head to Ranua Zoo and Pyha-Luosto National Park. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Pilke Science Centre and Moomin Snowcastle. Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Samiland in Sirkka, about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and see Santa Claus Office.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the 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. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Samiland, Pyha-Luosto National Park, Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Alvar Aalto's studio ©
Alvar Aalto's studio

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