5 days in Lapland, Tampere & Helsinki Itinerary

5 days in Lapland, Tampere & Helsinki Itinerary

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5 days in Lapland, Tampere & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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day
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, enjoy some diversion at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. In January, Rovaniemi is much colder than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Snowman World Igloo Hotel ©
Snowman World Igloo Hotel

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 2nd (Thu), steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip maker tool .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Tampere by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, expect Tampere to be a bit warmer, temps between -5°C and -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Spas & Wellness

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 3rd (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take a stroll through Katajanokka, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

Getting from Tampere to Helsinki by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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