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 Mannerheim Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Katajanokka and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala) and Heureka (in Vantaa). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria and shop like a local with Hakaniemi Market.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip maker site.

Milan, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milan to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Milan in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

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 Kemi Church will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Samiland and Museum - Gallery Alariesto. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Maupertuis Memorial (in Pello), Jemes Sport (in Yllasjarvi) and Ranua Zoo (in Ranua). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory.

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

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