8 days in Helsinki, Saariselka & Rovaniemi Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Saariselka & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki, Saariselka & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: London

3
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.
Pack the 24th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planning app .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Historic Sites, #Theme Parks, #Parks
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy some diversion at Action Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Saariselka in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Helsinki, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Saariselka, ranging from highs of -7°C to lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Winter Sports, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, have fun at Santa Claus Office, then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, and finally make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at SantaPark, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi holiday planner .

Getting from Saariselka to Rovaniemi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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