8 days in Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get outdoors at Ranua Zoo and Napapiirin Porofarmi. Step off the beaten path and head to Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy and Lordi's Square. Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Suomu to see Ski Resort Suomutunturi about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park, and stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

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Manchester, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car, train, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manchester to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. In December, Rovaniemi is cooler than Manchester - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nuuksio National Park and Sinebrychoff Art Museum. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, admire the striking features of Johannes Church, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

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Getting from Rovaniemi to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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