9 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Rovaniemi Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Tampere
— 1 night
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Senate Square. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, hunt for treasures at Old Market Hall, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki planning website.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Reykjavik to Helsinki. December in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Tampere at 0°C and lows at -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Childrens Museums
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Rovaniemi

— 4 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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Santa Claus Village and Santa Claus Office. Change things up with a short trip to Ranua Zoo in Ranua (about 1 hour away). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, enjoy some diversion at Angry Birds Park, and take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tampere in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Fun & Games · Wildlife · Theme Parks

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