6 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

6 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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6 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Porto
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Porto

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and make a trip to Market Square Kauppatori.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel route planning tool .

Porto, Portugal to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Porto to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Porto in October, things will get colder in Helsinki: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi itinerary planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in October; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 3°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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