8 days in Rovaniemi, Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

8 days in Rovaniemi, Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Helsinki
Fly + Bus:  4 h
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4 h
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
End: Helsinki


Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 27th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, then examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church and then admire the sheer force of Auttikongas.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi online tour planner.

Helsinki to Rovaniemi is an approximately 4- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in August, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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Arktikum ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Auttikongas ©


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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Visit Helsinki Cathedral and The Esplanadi Park for their historical value. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, get your game on at Labyrinth Games Room Escape, enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, and wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip planning app.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Helsinki by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in August: highs in Helsinki hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
The Esplanadi Park ©
The Esplanadi Park


Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): head off the coast to Uto, then stroll through The Archipelago Trail, and then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally see the interesting displays at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Turku route planning site.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Turku

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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo