9 days in Helsinki Region, Oulu & Rovaniemi Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki Region, Oulu & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki Region, Oulu & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Porvoo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Oulu
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mannerheim Museum and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Do some cultural sightseeing at Kansallisgalleria and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and admire the striking features of Johannes Church.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip planning tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Vancouver to Helsinki. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Vancouver in August: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
night
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
On the 5th (Mon), stop by Pieni Suklaatehdas, get to know the fascinating history of Castle Hill, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Porvoo, see the interesting displays at Porvoo Museum/Holm House, then revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Porvoo online route planner .

Traveling by bus from Helsinki to Porvoo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Porvoo, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Porvoo

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Castle Hill ©
Castle Hill
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town

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nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 6th (Tue), visit a coastal fixture at Marjaniemi Lighthouse, see the interesting displays at Kierikki Stone Age Centre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, explore the world behind art at Oulun Taidemuseo, then examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Oulu trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Porvoo to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Oulu, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Marjaniemi Lighthouse, Kierikki Stone Age Centre
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Kierikki Stone Age Centre ©
Kierikki Stone Age Centre
Marjaniemi Lighthouse ©
Marjaniemi Lighthouse
Safaris

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 8th (Thu), examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, and then catch some excitement at Feelapland.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip maker app .

Traveling by train from Oulu to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Feelapland ©
Feelapland
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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