7 days in Finland & Central Finland Itinerary

7 days in Finland & Central Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Zurich
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
2
Saarijarvi
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Zurich

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi travel itinerary planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Rovaniemi is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Zurich in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Saarijarvi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

1
day
Saarijarvi

Saarijarvi ©
Saarijärvi is a town and municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Hakki National Park.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read Saarijarvi trip maker.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Saarijarvi by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In January in Saarijarvi, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saarijarvi

Nature Parks
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Pyha-Hakki National Park ©
Pyha-Hakki National Park

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.
Pack the 5th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park, and stroll around Sibelius Monument.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Saarijarvi to Helsinki by car takes about 4 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Saarijarvi in January, with highs in Helsinki at -3°C and lows at -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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