5 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

5 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Helsinki

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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.
On the 10th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, then admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Helsinki tour itinerary builder site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
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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 12th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Napapiirin Porofarmi, then see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi attractions site.

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

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