8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: London

3
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.
Pack the 28th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planning tool .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is slightly colder than London - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Historic Sites, #Theme Parks, #Parks
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Amethyst Mine Lapland in Luosto--about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, see Santa Claus Office, and get curious at Pilke Science Centre.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Amethyst Mine Lapland
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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