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
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
End: Saariselka

3
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.
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
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

4
nights
Rovaniemi

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.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Rovaniemi trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

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

Sodankyla
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Visit Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Taatsin seita. Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (Angeli Reindeer Farm & Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church).

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka road trip app .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, Saariselka is slightly colder at night with lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Inari, Taatsin seita
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©