9 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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9 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Barcelona

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for theme parks, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see Santa Claus Office, and take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Barcelona in July: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Wildlife
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

5
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.
Pack the 28th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Helsinki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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