5 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

5 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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5 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): make a trip to Hakaniemi Market, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then take a stroll through Katajanokka, then contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Galleria Lapinlahti, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then take in the exciting artwork at Okra, then explore the world behind art at Galerie Anhava, and finally view the masterpieces at Galerie Forsblom.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Helsinki road trip tool .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 26°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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nights
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 22nd (Wed): snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko, then stop by LAURI, and finally get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 16°F and lows are around 6°F. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
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Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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