9 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Lieksa Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Lieksa Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Lieksa Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Helsinki

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki driving holiday planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Helsinki. In January, daytime highs in Helsinki are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online trip maker .

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in January, with highs in Rovaniemi at -10°C and lows at -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Theme Parks Museums
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. On the 8th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, don't miss a visit to Paateri, take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama, then enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Lieksa trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Lieksa by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In January, daytime highs in Lieksa are -8°C, while nighttime lows are -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

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