8 days in Helsinki, Central Finland & Rovaniemi Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Central Finland & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Jyvaskyla
— 2 nights
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Mannerheim Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nuuksio National Park and Aurlahti Beach. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Janakkala to see Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online day trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Helsinki is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 3.5 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in October, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum, Aurlahti Beach, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 19th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko), get engrossed in the history at Keski-Suomen museo (Museum of Central Finland), thenexamine the collection at The Alvar Aalto Museum, thenget engrossed in the history at Toivolan Vanha Piha, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Finnish Air Force Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Jyvaskyla day trip tool.

You can drive from Helsinki to Jyvaskyla in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. When traveling from Helsinki in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Jyvaskyla: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko)
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Finnish Air Force Museum ©
Finnish Air Force Museum
Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko) ©
Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko)
Toivolan Vanha Piha ©
Toivolan Vanha Piha

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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy will get you outdoors. Let the collections at Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Arktikum capture your imagination. The adventure continues: try to win big at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus, and explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi visit planner.

Getting from Jyvaskyla to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Jyvaskyla in October, plan for little chillier days in Rovaniemi, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles