7 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Katajanokka and Spas. Get outdoors at Bellevue Beach and Nuuksio National Park. Step out of Helsinki to go to Hanko and see Hanko Museum, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Johannes Church, browse the collection at The National Library of Finland, steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kallio Church.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki holiday planner.

Manchester, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In December, Helsinki is little chillier than Manchester - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

Rovaniemi

— 2 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 28th (Sat), get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and then have a few drinks at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Santa Claus Office, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Nightlife
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29: