8 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Vantaa Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Vantaa Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Paris
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Vantaa
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7 h
End: Paris

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka and The Swimming Stadium. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki travel itinerary planner.

Paris, France to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paris to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Paris in October; daily highs in Helsinki reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
The Swimming Stadium ©
The Swimming Stadium
Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka ©
Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): see Santa Claus Office, then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. On your second day here, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and then look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Vantaa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

1
night
Vantaa

Vantaa ©
Though technically its own city, Vantaa is considered by many to be a Helsinki suburb, and it is where most visitors land when they fly to Finland.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Pyhan Laurin kirkko and then get curious at Heureka.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Vantaa tour planning tool.

Fly from Rovaniemi to Vantaa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in October, expect nights in Vantaa to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vantaa

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Heureka ©
Heureka
Pyhan Laurin kirkko ©
Pyhan Laurin kirkko

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