9 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Lieksa Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Lieksa Itinerary

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Route & dates

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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki travel planning tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Helsinki. In January in Helsinki, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. 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, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and see Santa Claus Office.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can 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

2
nights
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), examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, don't miss a visit to Paateri, take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama, thentake in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally hike along Akka-Koli Hill. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, and then stroll through Ukko-Koli.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lieksa trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Lieksa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to -8°C, and evening lows to -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
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

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