4 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

4 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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4 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: San Francisco


1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): shop like a local with Hakaniemi Market, take in the exciting artwork at Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Katajanokka, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take in the exciting artwork at Okra, then view the masterpieces at ARTag Gallery, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Lapinlahti.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary maker tool .

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki is 10 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in January, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 26°F and lows about 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and then look for gifts at LAURI.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi travel route builder .

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in January, with highs in Rovaniemi at 16°F and lows at 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
LAURI ©
LAURI

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