8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Market Square Kauppatori and Galerie Forsblom. Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, look for gifts at Artisaani, shop like a local with Galerie Anhava, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki travel planner .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Helsinki, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Nature Tours

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 24th (Tue), catch some excitement at Feelapland, stop by LAURI, and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. On the next day, get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner .

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get little chillier in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Fun & Games Outdoors
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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