12 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

©
Plan created by another user. Make it yours
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Rovaniemi
— 9 nights

S M T W T F S
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11

2
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©

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.
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 · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your trip
©
Must see
Katajanokka
4.3

9
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

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 Rovaniemi Local History Museum. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Jemes Sport (in Yllasjarvi), Ranua Zoo (in Ranua) and Maupertuis Memorial (in Pello). The adventure continues: cast your line with a fishing tour, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, and see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles.

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 · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 6:
Highlights from your trip
©
Must see
Ranua Zoo
4.3

Similar trips

16 days in Finland BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM ESTONIA October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 16 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM BANGLADESH December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE March, popular sights Preferences: March Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, popular sights Preferences: January Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 13 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE November, popular sights Preferences: November Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM FINLAND October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM INDIA November, popular sights Preferences: November Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM BELGIUM November, popular sights Preferences: November Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES November, romantic, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: November, romantic, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more trips