9 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
3
Helsinki
— Few hours

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Stromforsin Ruukki. Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). Pack the 16th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planning site.

Hong Kong, China to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Hong Kong to Helsinki. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Hong Kong in January: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 26°F and lows are around 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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

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nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 17th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy and then get curious at Pilke Science Centre.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rovaniemi, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, Rovaniemi is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of 16°F and lows of 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to 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

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hours
Helsinki

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

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Helsinki driving holiday site.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Helsinki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°F and 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) ©
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali)

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