16 days in Helsinki, Oulu & Rovaniemi Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki, Oulu & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Oulu
— 5 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki
— 1 night
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Helsinki

— 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Head to Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa) and Market Square Kauppatorifor plenty of shopping. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Helsinki itinerary planner.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Ljubljana in July, you will find days in Helsinki are little chillier (25°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). You will leave for Oulu on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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Oulu

— 5 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kauppahalli and Haukipudas Church. Visiting Nallikari Beach and Superpark Oulu will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hupisaaret Park, admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral, explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy, and shop like a local with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Oulu travel route planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Oulu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. July in Oulu sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 26:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ranua Zoo and Rovaniemi Church. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hiidenkirnut. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell and explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi day trip planning app.

You can take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Helsinki

— 1 night

Daughter of the Baltic

Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Sinebrychoff Art Museum, then admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki travel route planning app.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
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