9 days in Helsinki Region, Oulu & Rovaniemi Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki Region, Oulu & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Porvoo
— 1 night
3
Oulu
— 2 nights
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Johannes Church, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip site.

Vancouver, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Vancouver in August, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): stop by Pieni Suklaatehdas, appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Porvoo, then examine the collection at Porvoo Museum/Holm House, then get some fabulous bargains at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Porvoo driving holiday planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Porvoo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Porvoo can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Porvoo

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
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Brunberg Candy Factory Shop ©
Brunberg Candy Factory Shop
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Porvoo Museum/Holm House ©
Porvoo Museum/Holm House

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Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Marjaniemi Lighthouse, examine the collection at Kierikki Stone Age Centre, and then stroll around Hupisaaret Park. On your second day here, examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then explore the world behind art at Oulun Taidemuseo, and then see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Oulu trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Porvoo to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Oulu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kierikki Stone Age Centre, Marjaniemi Lighthouse
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Kierikki Stone Age Centre ©
Kierikki Stone Age Centre
Marjaniemi Lighthouse ©
Marjaniemi Lighthouse
Oulun Taidemuseo ©
Oulun Taidemuseo

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, and then see the top attractions with Feelapland.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi route planner.

You can take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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