12 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

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12 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Helsinki

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Tampere (Sarkanniemi Theme Park & Pyynikki's Swim Hall), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna). On the 21st (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Mielakka Ski Center. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki route builder website .

If you are flying in from Portugal, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. December in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tampere, Ahvenisto, King's Road, Mielakka Ski Center, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Labyrinth Games Room Escape ©
Labyrinth Games Room Escape

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, then get your game on at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi vacation planning app .

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Fun & Games Parks
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Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 24th (Tue), look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun at Action Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip builder site .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Saariselka, with lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©

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