15 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 8 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
On the 25th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then walk around The Esplanadi Park.

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Stuttgart, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Stuttgart to Helsinki is 1 hour. When traveling from Stuttgart in December, plan for little chillier days in Helsinki, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Ranua to see Ranua Zoo about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

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You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

Saariselka

— 8 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Explore Saariselka's surroundings by going to Inari (Inari Reindeer Farm, Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, &more). Spend the 31st (Fri) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruijanpolku Trail, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, plan for little chillier nights in Saariselka, with lows around -17°C. On the 8th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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