6 days in Rovaniemi, Saariselka & Helsinki Itinerary

6 days in Rovaniemi, Saariselka & Helsinki Itinerary

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6 days in Rovaniemi, Saariselka & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Helsinki
— 2 nights
End: Helsinki

1
day
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 3rd (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online journey planner .

Helsinki to Rovaniemi is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -10°C and lows are around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, and finally enjoy some diversion at Action Park.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka route maker app .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Saariselka when traveling from Rovaniemi in January, with lows around -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Helsinki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in January, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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