6 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

6 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h
End: Helsinki

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Korkeasaari Zoo and Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online route planner.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 24th (Mon), find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, then see where the action happens at Lappi Areena, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre
Snowman World Igloo Hotel ©
Snowman World Igloo Hotel

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