11 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Train:  9​h 45​min
2
Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Train:  9​h 45​min
3
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

1
night
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.
For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki journey planning website

Cape Town, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 19-hour flight. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Cape Town in November: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 4°C and lows are around 0°C. You'll set off for Rovaniemi on the 1st (Fri).

Things to do in Helsinki

Tours Outdoors Museums
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6
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Ranua Zoo. Kids will appreciate attractions like Santa Claus Village and SantaPark. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Sampo Icebreaker (in Kemi) and Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Arctic Lifestyle, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning app

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ranua Zoo, Amethyst Mine Lapland, Sampo Icebreaker
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Safaris
Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

1
night
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
On the 8th (Fri), look for gifts at Artisaani, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall, then meet the residents at Helsinki Zoo, and finally learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki vacation app

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 0°C and lows reach -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Market Square Kauppatori ©
Market Square Kauppatori
Old Market Hall ©
Old Market Hall