8 days in Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
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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 Ski Resort Suomutunturi. Step off the beaten path and head to Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy and Napapiirin Porofarmi. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, enjoy some diversion at Angry Birds Park, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, 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 · Winter Sports · Outdoors

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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 Johannes Church. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, and admire the masterpieces at Sinebrychoff Art Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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