9 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Bus + 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Arboretum Mustila. Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Stromforsin Ruukki are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo (about 50 minutes away). Pack the 16th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki journey planner.

Hong Kong, China to Helsinki is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, subway, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Hong Kong to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hong Kong in January, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 26°F and lows about 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Stromforsin Ruukki, Arboretum Mustila, 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

2
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 do a combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and 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 Winter Sports Parks
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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 other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Helsinki driving holiday site.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Helsinki by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; 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

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

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