14 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 10 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h
End: Helsinki

10
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.
Bring the kids along to Korkeasaari Zoo and Hietaranta Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Teijo National Park (in Pernio) and Bellevue Beach (in Hanko). Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. Pack the 5th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take a memorable drive along King's Road, find something for the whole family at Ahvenisto, and contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip maker website.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Espoo, Arboretum Mustila, Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum, King's Road
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Santa Claus Village. On the 7th (Thu), revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally 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, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi day trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in February: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -11°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Wildlife
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus

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