43 days in Rovaniemi & Kuopio Itinerary

43 days in Rovaniemi & Kuopio Itinerary

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43 days in Rovaniemi & Kuopio Itinerary

Start: Kuopio
Fly:  6​h 15​min
— 19 nights
Train:  6​h 45​min
— 22 nights
End: Kuopio


Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Arktikum and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rovaniemi Church and Maupertuis Memorial. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Tatuka Palvelut (in Ylitornio), Sodankyla (Museum - Gallery Alariesto & Church of Sodankyla) and Tornio (The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, Tornio Church, & more). Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Pyha-Luosto National Park. On the 24th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Ski Resort Ritavalkea. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, see Santa Claus Office, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kemi Church, and buy something for everyone on your list at Arctic Circle Mall.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning tool .

Kuopio to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kuopio in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Tornio, Kemi, Sodankyla, Pello, Luosto
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Arktikum ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park


Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Popular historic sites such as New Valamo Monastery and Rapio Mill are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko and St. George Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Kuopio: Jyvaskyla (Kuokkalan kartano, Finnish Air Force Museum, & more), Heinavesi (Lintula Convent & Heinaveden kirkko) and Koli National Park (Akka-Koli Hill, Rasavaara Observation tower, & more). Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Linnansaari National Park. Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto. There's still lots to do: stroll through Venajanhiekka, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joensuu Church, and enjoy the sand and surf at Honkaniemi Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kuopio trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Kuopio in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Kuopio are -8°C, while nighttime lows are -14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Joensuu, Jyvaskyla, Heinavesi, Rautavaara
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Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Finnish Air Force Museum ©
Finnish Air Force Museum
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill