8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Abu Dhabi
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  20 h 15 min
End: Abu Dhabi

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Korkeasaari Zoo and Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Helsinki online trip itinerary planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 12- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Helsinki, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in December, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 31st (Mon), get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi day trip site.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

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