8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Dublin

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.
Family-friendly places like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Korkeasaari Zoo will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Heureka (in Vantaa) and Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online vacation builder .

Dublin, Ireland to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Dublin to Helsinki. Traveling from Dublin in October, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 10°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Heureka, Ahvenisto
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Family-friendly places like Ranua Zoo and Pilke Science Centre will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi road trip website .

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, Rovaniemi is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre

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