9 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Rovaniemi Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Frankfurt

4
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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Old Market Hall or Marimekko Oyj. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), stop by Ullanlinna, and kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip app.

Frankfurt, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 6- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Frankfurt to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Frankfurt in December, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso, step off the mainland to explore Viikinsaari Island, then take an in-depth tour of Emil Aaltosen Museo, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then stroll around Nasi Park, and then have fun and explore at The Doll Museum Jubilee Exhibition.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tampere road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampere City Library, Metso ©
Tampere City Library, Metso
Emil Aaltosen Museo ©
Emil Aaltosen Museo

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): catch a live event at Lappi Areena and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in January, expect Rovaniemi to be little chillier, temps between -10°C and -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Marttiini Store Old Factory ©
Marttiini Store Old Factory

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