11 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
— 3 nights
End: Saariselka


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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Get a sense of the local culture at Temppeliaukion Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, see the interesting displays at The Helsinki Fire Museum, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki tour builder .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church


Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get some historical perspective at Church of Sodankyla and German Soldier s Cemetery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Arktikum and Christmas House Santa. Change things up with a short trip to Museum - Gallery Alariesto in Sodankyla (about 1h 35 min away). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

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You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Arktikum ©
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla


Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Visiting Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Angeli Reindeer Farm will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saariselka: Taatsin seita (in Kittila) and Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center (in Inari). There's more to do: stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop and pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

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You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Saariselka when traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Taatsin seita
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Angeli Reindeer Farm ©
Angeli Reindeer Farm
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church