13 days in Helsinki, Saariselka & Rovaniemi Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki, Saariselka & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. Get in touch with nature at Aurinkolahti Beach and Pihlajasaari Recreational Park. Pack the 22nd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, stop by Ullanlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and cool off at The Swimming Stadium.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Helsinki, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, Helsinki is colder than Singapore - with highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks · Parks · Beaches
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church


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.
On the 26th (Sun), fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Saariselka itinerary planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in November: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around -3°C and lows are around -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park


An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church. Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Auttikongas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto) and Ranua Zoo (in Ranua). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Lifestyle.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Rovaniemi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in November, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Amethyst Mine Lapland, Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village