8 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
2
Tampere
— 1 night
3
Helsinki
— 4 nights

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): make a trip to Lordi's Square, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder tool.

Birmingham, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Birmingham in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Museums
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Safaris
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vanha Kirkko.

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in December: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 0°C and lows are around -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vanha Kirkko ©
Vanha Kirkko

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.
Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach.

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Getting from Tampere to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tampere, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Flamingo Entertainment Center
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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