8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  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.
Family-friendly places like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Hietaranta Beach will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Helsinki, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Abu Dhabi in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can 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), find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, have fun at Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. On your second day here, stop by Your Piece Of Finland, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi tour itinerary maker website .

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 little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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