12 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. 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). There's more to do: explore the galleries of Mannerheim Museum and don't miss a visit to Hakaniemi Market.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip maker site.

Milan, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milan to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milan in December, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Rovaniemi

— 9 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kemi Church and German Soldier s Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Samiland and Museum - Gallery Alariesto. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Jemes Sport (in Yllasjarvi), Ranua Zoo (in Ranua) and Maupertuis Memorial (in Pello). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, hit the slopes at Pyhatunturi, tour the pleasant surroundings 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 3 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 catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 6: