14 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
2
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hakaniemi Market and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aurinkolahti Beach and kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip site.

Singapore, Singapore to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Syvasenvaara Fell. Step off the beaten path and head to Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus and Rovaniemi Church. Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi to see Pyha-Luosto National Park about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Marttiini Store Old Factory, admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and get curious at Pilke Science Centre.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip builder website.

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Safaris

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stroll through Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka day trip tool.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, Saariselka is slightly colder at night with lows of °C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sun) before leaving for Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©
For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Saariselka in December: highs in Helsinki hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa) ©

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