7 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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7 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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.
On the 25th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

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

If you are flying in from Poland, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get a sense of the local culture at Arktikum and Rovaniemi Local History Museum. The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley and Christmas House Santa will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Kopara Reindeer Park (in Luosto) and Sampo Icebreaker (in Kemi). The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in January, with highs in Rovaniemi at -10°C and lows at -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Sampo Icebreaker, The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, Kopara Reindeer Park
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Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Safaris

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