5 days in Rovaniemi, Kemi & Yli-Ii Itinerary

5 days in Rovaniemi, Kemi & Yli-Ii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Yli-Ii
— 1 night
Drive to Oulu Airport, Fly to Helsinki

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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Santa Claus Village and Santa Claus Office. Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Ranua to see Ranua Zoo about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, get curious at Science Centre Pilke, find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle, and admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip maker tool.

Helsinki to Rovaniemi is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Kemi

— 1 night
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kemi trip maker.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Kemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -11°C. You'll set off for Yli-Ii on the 27th (Sun).

Things to do in Kemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Yli-Ii

— 1 night
Yli-Ii was a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): examine the collection at Kierikki Stone Age Centre.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yli-Ii visit planner.

You can drive from Kemi to Yli-Ii in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kemi in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of -7°C in Yli-Ii. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Yli-Ii

Museums
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