5 days in Finland Itinerary

5 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then make a trip to Senate Square, and finally get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

New York City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Helsinki at 37°F and lows at 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi and then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

Make your Rovaniemi itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 22°F and lows reach 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping · Parks
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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."