7 days in Finland & Central Finland Itinerary

7 days in Finland & Central Finland Itinerary

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7 days in Finland & Central Finland Itinerary

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


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2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On your second day here, get in on the family fun at SantaPark, then see Santa Claus Office, and then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi route planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Rovaniemi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Zurich in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Saarijarvi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
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1
day
Saarijarvi

Saarijarvi ©
Saarijärvi is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Hakki National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Saarijarvi online day trip planner .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Saarijarvi by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in January, and nighttime lows around -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saarijarvi

Parks Nature
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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 much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), make a trip to Senate Square, and brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Saarijarvi to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Saarijarvi in January; daily highs in Helsinki reach -3°C and lows reach -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 Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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