8 days in Helsinki, Saariselka & Rovaniemi Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Saariselka & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Helsinki

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), visit Katajanokka, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Helsinki journey planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in January; daily highs in Helsinki reach -3°C and lows reach -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums
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Saariselka

— 3 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Get some cultural insight at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Gold Prospector Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Urho Kekkonen National Park and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Step out of Saariselka with an excursion to Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church in Inari--about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop and pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in January, with highs in Saariselka at -11°C and lows at -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Rovaniemi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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