Route & dates
Helsinki— 3 nights
Rovaniemi— 4 nights
Saariselka— 3 nights
Thu, Dec 12 - Sun, Dec 22
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
Nuuksio National Park
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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 German Soldier s Cemetery. Rovaniemi Church and Church of Sodankyla will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Museum - Gallery Alariesto in Sodankyla--about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and see Santa Claus Office.
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
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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: Taatsin seita (in Kittila) and Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center & Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church). 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
Inari, Taatsin seita
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