8 days in Rovaniemi, Saariselka & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Rovaniemi, Saariselka & Helsinki Itinerary

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8 days in Rovaniemi, Saariselka & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Riyadh

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 13th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stop by LAURI, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Rovaniemi is minus 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in March; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -1°C and lows reach -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 15th (Fri), have fun at Action Park, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, then examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, and finally explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, look for gifts at Taiga Colors, then get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Helsinki day trip planner .

Fly from Saariselka to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Saariselka in March, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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