8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Helsinki
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Rovaniemi
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Helsinki
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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.
You've added Old Market Hall, Tram Museum (Raitioliikennemuseo), Hakaniemi Market, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at Löyly Helsinki.

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If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping · Spas · Historic Sites
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) ©
Old Market Hall ©
Old Market Hall

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Amethyst Mine Lapland. Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Pyhatunturi and see Pyha-Luosto National Park, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture, and get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi road trip planning website.

You can drive from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 10 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Fun & Games · Nature

Side Trips

Pyha-Luosto National Park, Amethyst Mine Lapland
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Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©
You've added Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, Helsinki Observatory, Bank of Finland Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): see a show at Finnish National Theater (Suomen Kansallisteatteri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, examine the collection at Bank of Finland Museum, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then get engrossed in the history at Helsinki City Museum, and finally examine the collection at Helsinki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around The Esplanadi Park, then steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally stop by Boss Shop.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In December, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Rovaniemi - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Senate Square ©
Senate Square

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