6 days in Helsinki, Oulu & Rovaniemi Itinerary

6 days in Helsinki, Oulu & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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6 days in Helsinki, Oulu & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Oulu
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

1
night
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 19th (Wed), expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip planning site .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 21st (Fri), get a taste of the local shopping with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral, then appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, and finally hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Oulu trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Oulu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Oulu is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of -2°C and lows of -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo
Oulu Cathedral ©
Oulu Cathedral

2
nights
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 22nd (Sat): get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, then look for gifts at LAURI, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Lordi's Square, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and finally take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Oulu to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Oulu in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Nature
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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