8 days in Rovaniemi, Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

8 days in Rovaniemi, Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

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8 days in Rovaniemi, Helsinki & Turku Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly:  4​h
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
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 flight. 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 The Esplanadi Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Didrichsen Art Museum. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, look for gifts at Digelius Music, enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in August: highs in Helsinki hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can 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. On the next day, stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then contemplate the long history of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally take an in-depth tour of Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Turku online route maker .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. September in Turku sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. 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
Uto ©