11 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
2
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights

S M T W T F S
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28

3
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temppeliaukio Church and Kamppi Chapel of Silence. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, see the interesting displays at The Helsinki Fire Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Helsinki road trip planning app.

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. December in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Arktikum and Christmas House Santa. Rovaniemi Church and German Soldier s Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Sodankyla (Museum - Gallery Alariesto & Church of Sodankyla). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi holiday planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Rovaniemi is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of -6°C and lows of -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 · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

3
nights
Saariselka

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 Angeli Reindeer Farm and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saariselka: Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center & Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church) and Taatsin seita (in Kittila). There's more to do: stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Saariselka day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in December since evenings lows in Saariselka dip to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Angeli Reindeer Farm ©
Angeli Reindeer Farm
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church