5 days in Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

5 days in Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

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5 days in Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, get in on the family fun at SantaPark, and then snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Rovaniemi. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Lumberjack's Candle Bridge ©
Lumberjack's Candle Bridge

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.
On the 18th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then explore the world behind art at Design Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Helsinki is a bit warmer than Rovaniemi - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Spas
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Room Escape Games
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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