11 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Luosto Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Luosto Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Luosto Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Luosto
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Helsinki

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, then pause for some photo ops at Sibelius Monument, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip planning website .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In January, daytime highs in Helsinki are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

6
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Santa's House of Snowmobiles, Lapland Welcome, Santa Claus Express, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in January, things will get little chillier in Rovaniemi: highs are around -10°C and lows about -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

2
nights
Luosto

Luosto ©
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Snow Village. On the 9th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla, then admire the masterpieces at Museum - Gallery Alariesto, and then don't miss a visit to Snow Village. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Kopara Reindeer Park and then admire all the interesting features of Amethyst Mine Lapland.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Luosto travel planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Luosto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in January since evenings lows in Luosto dip to -22°C. You will leave for home on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Luosto

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Sodankyla, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

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