9 days in Helsinki Region, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki Region, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki Region, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  24​h
End: New York City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Senate Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder .

New York City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 37°F and 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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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 24th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of 22°F and lows of 11°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Nature
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 26th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 6°F in Saariselka. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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