7 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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7 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Moscow
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Moscow

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bellevue Beach and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Inkoo to see Fagervik Museum about 1 hour away. Pack the 9th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, take in the exciting artwork at Okra, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and examine the collection at Taidehalli.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki online trip itinerary builder .

Moscow, Russia to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Fagervik Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 11th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner .

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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