12 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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12 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Almaty
Fly:  10​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Almaty

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Temppeliaukio Church as well as Helsinki Cathedral. Appreciate the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The National Museum of Finland. Get a sense of the local culture at Katajanokka and Kamppi Chapel of Silence. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner .

Almaty, Kazakhstan to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Alma-Ata Time (ALMT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 4 hours. When traveling from Almaty in November, plan for little chillier days in Helsinki, with highs around 40°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
The National Museum of Finland ©
The National Museum of Finland
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore hidden gems such as Pyhatunturi and Syvasenvaara Fell. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, and see Santa Claus Office.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in November; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 28°F and lows reach 20°F. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trip

Pyhatunturi
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Pyhatunturi ©
Pyhatunturi
Marttiini Store Old Factory ©
Marttiini Store Old Factory
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

3
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki
For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip site .

Fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in November; daily highs in Helsinki reach 40°F and lows reach 32°F. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Pohjolan toimitalo
Pohjolan toimitalo