9 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Milan

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nuuksio National Park and Hietaranta Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Okra. Pack the 12th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Market Square Kauppatori, pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki journey planner.

Milan, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Milan - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from the city and head to Feelapland and Poro Farmi. Head to LAURI and Arctic Circle Mallfor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, and let little ones run wild at Angry Birds Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Feelapland ©
Feelapland
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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