18 days in Helsinki, Saariselka & Rovaniemi Itinerary

18 days in Helsinki, Saariselka & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 7 nights
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Saariselka
— 5 nights
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Rovaniemi
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Helsinki

Helsinki ©

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Fagervik Museum (in Inkoo), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Bellevue Beach (in Hanko). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and take a stroll through Linden Esplanade.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Helsinki is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is much colder than Sao Paulo - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Side Trips

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gold Prospector Museum and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Change things up with these side-trips from Saariselka: Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, &more). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: perfect your strike at Saariselka Bowling, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, and look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka online trip maker.

Getting from Helsinki to Saariselka by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: highs in Saariselka hover around -7°C, while lows dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church. Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

Discover how to plan a Rovaniemi trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Wildlife · Theme Parks · Outdoors
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

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