12 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Rovaniemi
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Helsinki

— 5 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turku City Library and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Heureka (in Vantaa) and Turku Castle (in Turku). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and get your bearings at Finlandia - Talo.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planning tool.

Cologne, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cologne in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Rovaniemi

— 6 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step off the beaten path and head to SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Rovaniemi Church. There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and get curious at Science Centre Pilke.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planning website.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Parks
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