8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get curious at Heureka, stop by Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa), and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki driving holiday planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In December, Helsinki is cooler than Dubai - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Heureka, Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Heureka ©
Heureka
Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa) ©

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus and Your Piece Of Finland. Visit Rovaniemi Church and Kemi Church for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery) (in Kemi) and Tornio Church (in Tornio). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, shop like a local with Marttiini Store Old Factory, and catch all the local highlights with Feelapland.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi road trip tool.

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Rovaniemi to be little chillier, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kemi, Tornio Church
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Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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