5 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

5 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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5 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
day
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 17th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Eastern European Time is minus 8 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), don't miss a visit to Senate Square, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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