3 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

3 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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3 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Helsinki

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night
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.
On the 28th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Vantaa Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, make a trip to The Esplanadi Park, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki route planning website .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Helsinki. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Fun & Games
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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