7 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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7 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

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.
Shop till you drop at Marimekko and Boss Shop. Get a sense of the local culture at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Ullanlinna. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and stroll through Korkeasaari Zoo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Helsinki, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 13th (Thu), make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see Santa Claus Office, then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and finally take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, Rovaniemi is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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