8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  14 h
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Bangkok


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.
Let the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum capture your imagination. Visit Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, wander the streets of Katajanokka, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and make a trip to Unexpected Visitor Sculpture (Odottamaton Vieras).

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Helsinki travel route tool .

Bangkok, Thailand to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 5 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to 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
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church


An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Head to LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier and Arctic Circle Mallfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi) and Museum - Gallery Alariesto (in Sodankyla). There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, see Santa Claus Office, and find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pyha-Luosto National Park, Museum - Gallery Alariesto
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Arktikum ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park