9 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Rovaniemi Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Helsinki
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Rovaniemi
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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
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Helsinki

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.
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Manchester, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. In December, Helsinki is little chillier than Manchester - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. On the 5th (Sun), you're off to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 5th (Sun), kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then see the interesting displays at Suomen Pelimuseo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

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Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, Tampere is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:

Rovaniemi

— 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Ranua Zoo (in Ranua), Giewont Husky Adventures (in Kittila) and Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto). There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

Before you visit Rovaniemi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in December, things will get little chillier in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 12: