8 days in Rovaniemi, Vantaa & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Rovaniemi, Vantaa & Helsinki Itinerary

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8 days in Rovaniemi, Vantaa & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  8 h 15 min
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
— 1 night
Train:  15 min
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Vienna


An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then admire the sheer force of Auttikongas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi road trip tool .

Vienna, Austria to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Vienna in August, expect Rovaniemi to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Vantaa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Parks Nature
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Auttikongas ©
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village


Though technically its own city, Vantaa is considered by many to be a Helsinki suburb, and it is where most visitors land when they fly to Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): enjoy some friendly competition at BowlCircus Flamingo and then perfect your strike at Flamingo Entertainment Centre.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Vantaa vacation builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Vantaa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Vantaa sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Vantaa

Shopping Fun & Games
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Flamingo Entertainment Center
Flamingo Entertainment Center
BowlCircus Flamingo ©
BowlCircus Flamingo


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.
For shopping fun, head to Marimekko or Marimekko. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rock Church and Fortress of Suomenlinna. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Aurinkolahti Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip planning site .

Helsinki is just a short distance from Vantaa. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church