7 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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7 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  7​h
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Istanbul

1
night
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 18th (Mon), hunt for treasures at Old Market Hall, take a stroll through Katajanokka, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally stop by Okra.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki travel route planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in March, you will find days in Helsinki are little chillier (3°C), and nights are cooler (-5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

4
nights
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 Church. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Syvasenvaara Fell. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Church of Sodankyla (in Sodankyla) and Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at LAURI, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi road trip planning website .

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in March, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around -1°C and lows about -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Amethyst Mine Lapland, Church of Sodankyla
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

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