13 days in Helsinki, Kuusamo & Rovaniemi Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki, Kuusamo & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 7 nights
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights

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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.
Visiting Nuuksio National Park and Aurinkolahti Beach will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church are in your itinerary. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla) and Kokonniemi (in Porvoo). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take a memorable drive along King's Road, enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel route planner.

If you are flying in from Reunion Island, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. In December, daytime highs in Helsinki are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids, and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): fly down the slopes at Ruka, stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo online itinerary planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Kuusamo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Kuusamo to be slightly colder, temps between -5°C and -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Theme Parks
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then see where the action happens at Lappi Areena. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -10°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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