5 days in Helsinki & Saariselka Itinerary

5 days in Helsinki & Saariselka Itinerary

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5 days in Helsinki & Saariselka Itinerary

Start: Tampere
train:  1​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
End: Tampere

2
nights
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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Tampere to Helsinki is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Helsinki are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and finally have fun at Action Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in January; daily highs in Saariselka reach -11°C and lows reach -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

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