12 days in Helsinki, Saariselka & Rovaniemi Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki, Saariselka & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
3
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights

5
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: Turku (Turku Castle & Bike Rental - by Carfield) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and walk around The Esplanadi Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Bangkok to Helsinki. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in September: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Turku, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, thenwander the wide-open spaces of Saariselka Reindeer Farm, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Ruijanpolku Trail, fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka road trip planning website.

Fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in September, with highs in Saariselka at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Inari
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 22nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, thensee Santa Claus Office, thenget engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Rovaniemi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. September in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Theme Parks Parks
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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