9 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Helsinki
— Few hours
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Hong Kong

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas & Wellness and Stromforsin ruukki. Rock Church and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum will appeal to history buffs. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). Pack the 16th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki itinerary planner.

Hong Kong, China to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Hong Kong Time to Eastern European Time is minus 6 hours. In January, Helsinki is colder than Hong Kong - with highs of 26°F and lows of 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Porvoo Old Town, Stromforsin ruukki, Arboretum Mustila
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
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 (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy and then get curious at Pilke Science Centre.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi tour planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 16°F and lows are around 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Safaris
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

few
hours
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
On the 19th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then wander the streets of Katajanokka, and then examine the collection at Mannerheim Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in January; daily highs in Helsinki reach 26°F and lows reach 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

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