11 days in Helsinki, Vaasa & Rovaniemi Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki, Vaasa & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki, Vaasa & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Vaasa
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Bring the kids along to Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Korkeasaari Zoo. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Heureka (in Vantaa). And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip builder app .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from London in February, things will get slightly colder in Helsinki: highs are around 0°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ahvenisto, Heureka, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park

3
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Bring the kids along to Powerpark and Tropiclandia. Take a break from Vaasa with a short trip to Saltkaret in Mustasaari, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta, see the interesting displays at Terranova, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bock’s Corner Brewery.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Vaasa trip planner .

You can fly from Helsinki to Vaasa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. February in Vaasa sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Theme Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mustasaari, Powerpark
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Tropiclandia ©
Tropiclandia
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Powerpark ©
Powerpark

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kids will appreciate attractions like SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Pilke Science Centre. There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi day trip tool .

Getting from Vaasa to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Vaasa in February, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Theme Parks Museums
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Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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