9 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Rovaniemi Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
train:  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.
Shop till you drop at Old Market Hall and Hakaniemi Market. Step out of the city life by going to Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Helsinki vacation planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Frankfurt to Helsinki is 1 hour. Traveling from Frankfurt in December, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock 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.
On the 3rd (Thu), see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso, then step off the mainland to explore Viikinsaari Island, then get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nasi Park, and then explore the engaging exhibits at The Doll Museum Jubilee Exhibition.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. January in Tampere sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Nature
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Viikinsaari Island ©
Viikinsaari Island
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

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): don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Lappi Areena and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To see photos and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi vacation website .

Getting from Tampere to Rovaniemi by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tampere in January: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -10°C and lows are around -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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