13 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

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13 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

Start: Richmond
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Saariselka
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Richmond

1
night
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.
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Richmond, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Richmond to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Richmond, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 26°F to lows of 17°F. On the 10th (Fri), you're off toRovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Tours Outdoors Museums
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1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in January; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 16°F and lows reach 6°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

6
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Inari (Angeli Reindeer Farm, Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, & more).

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, Saariselka is slightly colder at night with lows of 1°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Helsinki.

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
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then make a trip to Senate Square, and finally take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki itinerary site .

Fly from Saariselka to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Saariselka in January; daily highs in Helsinki reach 26°F and lows reach 17°F. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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