7 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Helsinki
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Rovaniemi
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Helsinki

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kansallisgalleria and Okra. Step out of the city life by going to Bellevue Beach and Nuuksio National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo in Jarvenpaa (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie Forsblom, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and take an in-depth tour of Alvar Aalto's studio.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki vacation planner.

Budapest, Hungary to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Helsinki is 1 hour. Traveling from Budapest in February, expect nights in Helsinki to be about the same, around -3°C, while days are slightly colder, around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 5th (Wed), hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and finally get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, see Santa Claus Office, then examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, then stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Feelapland.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in February, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between -6°C and -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Winter Sports
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