7 days in Helsinki, Imatra & Rovaniemi Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki, Imatra & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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7 days in Helsinki, Imatra & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Imatra
— 1 night
train + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  19​h
End: Los Angeles

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planning website .

Los Angeles, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Helsinki. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between 26°F and 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Imatra.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Room Escape Games
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

1
night
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and finally stop by Imatran Kalatalo.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Imatra journey builder website .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Imatra takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, Imatra is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of 20°F and lows of 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Tainionkosken Church ©
Tainionkosken Church
Imatran Kalatalo ©
Imatran Kalatalo

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Arktikum. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at SantaPark, see Santa Claus Office, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and stop by LAURI.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Imatra to Rovaniemi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Imatra in January, expect little chillier with lows of 6°F in Rovaniemi. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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