18 days in Helsinki, Hameenlinna & Rovaniemi Itinerary

18 days in Helsinki, Hameenlinna & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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18 days in Helsinki, Hameenlinna & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  6​h 15​min
— 6 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  4​h 15​min
— 9 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Paris


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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Helsinki University Museum (Helsingin Yliopiston Museo). Let the collections at Kansallisgalleria and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Teijo national park (in Pernio). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Hill, and make a trip to Porvoo Old Town.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online trip maker .

Paris, France to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Helsinki is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paris in November: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Haemeenlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Espoo, Porvoo, Arboretum Mustila, Teijo National Park, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
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Kansallisgalleria ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park


Hameenlinna ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): make a splash at Ahvenisto Activity Park, steep yourself in history at Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, take an in-depth tour of Palander House, then explore the world behind art at Hameenlinna Art Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Church. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Evo Hiking Area, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hauhon kirkko, and then explore the galleries of Visavuori.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Haemeenlinna travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Haemeenlinna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Haemeenlinna are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Holy Cross Church, Visavuori
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Visavuori ©
Hameenlinna Art Museum ©
Hameenlinna Art Museum
Palander House ©
Palander House


Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley and Church of Sodankyla. Get in touch with nature at Feelapland and Pyha-Luosto National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Kopara Reindeer Park (in Luosto), Kemi (Sampo Icebreaker & Kemi Church) and Luosto (in Sodankyla). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library, get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum, and admire the sheer force of Auttikongas.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Haemeenlinna to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Haemeenlinna in November, things will get slightly colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -2°C and lows about -7°C. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kemi, Sodankyla, The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, Kopara Reindeer Park, Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley ©