8 days in Rovaniemi, Saariselka & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Rovaniemi, Saariselka & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights

1
day
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Houston, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Rovaniemi is 8 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in March; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach °F and lows reach °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Gold Prospector Museum. Get in touch with nature at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Urho Kekkonen National Park. Take a break from Saariselka with a short trip to Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus in Inari, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in March, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mannerheim Museum and Room Escape Games. Kansallisgalleria and Temppeliaukio Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take a stroll through Ullanlinna.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Saariselka in March: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Laajalahti Nature Reserve
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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