12 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Rovaniemi
— 9 nights

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Katajanokka and Heureka. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, shop like a local with Hakaniemi Market, and steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki itinerary planner.

Milan, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milan to Helsinki. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Milan in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum, Heureka, Nuuksio National Park
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

9
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Church of Sodankyla and Maupertuis Memorial will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Samiland and Forestry Museum of Lapland. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Jemes Sport (in Yllasjarvi), Ranua Zoo (in Ranua) and Pyhatunturi (in Pelkosenniemi). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, and take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi tour planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Rovaniemi to be a bit cooler, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sodankyla, Kemi Church, Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, Samiland, The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 6:
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Fishing Charters & Tours
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

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