9 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland sightseeing planner

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Saariselka
— 4 nights
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Helsinki

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo and then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi attractions site.

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Rovaniemi is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Saariselka

— 4 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Explore Saariselka's surroundings by going to Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center & Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus). Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. The adventure continues: gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka holiday planning app.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect little chillier with lows of -17°C in Saariselka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

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