6 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

6 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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6 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  13​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temppeliaukion Church and The Esplanadi Park. Kids will enjoy Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Heureka. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Korkeasaari Zoo, and learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool .

Toronto, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Helsinki is 7 hours. January in Helsinki sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Heureka
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 18th (Sat), see Santa Claus Office, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi planner .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in January, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around -10°C and lows about -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Shopping
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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