8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  12​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 30​min
3
Helsinki
— 1 night
End: Helsinki

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old Market Hall, Tram Museum (Raitioliikennemuseo), Hakaniemi Market, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): soothe aching muscles at Loyly Sauna.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Helsinki tour planner.

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In December, daytime highs in Helsinki are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Spas Historic Sites
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Old Market Hall ©
Old Market Hall

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You've now added Amethyst Mine Lapland to your itinerary. Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Pyha-Luosto National Park in Pyhatunturi--about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, and don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip app .

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games Museums Nature

Side Trips

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

1
night
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, see the interesting displays at Bank of Finland Museum, 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. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally look for gifts at Boss Shop.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip tool .

Fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Rovaniemi - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough 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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