8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Zurich

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nuuksio National Park and Pornaistenniemi Nature Trail. Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Rock Church. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hietaranta Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Zurich, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get in touch with nature at Pyha-Luosto National Park and Auttikongas. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church. When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Korouoma Canyon in Posio, approximately 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: experience the excitement of Feelapland, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online vacation maker .

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Pyha-Luosto National Park, Korouoma Canyon
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Feelapland ©
Feelapland
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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