8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Dubai

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.
Pack the 17th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibelius Monument.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online vacation planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dubai in December, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) 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
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): make a trip to Lordi's Square, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see Santa Claus Office, then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, and finally snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at SantaPark, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi road trip site .

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get slightly colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Wildlife
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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