13 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Richmond
Bus + Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  4 h
2
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Saariselka
— 6 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  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.
For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Helsinki itinerary builder site.

Richmond, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Richmond in January, you will find days in Helsinki are much colder (26°F), and nights are slightly colder (17°F). You will leave for Rovaniemi on the 10th (Fri).

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. On your second day here, 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.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in January, things will get slightly colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around 16°F and lows about 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 Wildlife Outdoors
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (Angeli Reindeer Farm, Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, &more). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, join in the after-dark buzz at Saariselka Bowling, and get a taste of life in the country at Saariselka Reindeer Farm.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Saariselka trip planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in January since evenings lows in Saariselka dip to 1°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks 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
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

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nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and finally take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, then explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in January, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°F and 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
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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