9 days in Oulu, Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Oulu, Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

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9 days in Oulu, Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Oulu
1
Oulu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
End: Helsinki

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 12th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Oulun Automuseo, then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, then examine the collection at Oulun Taidemuseo, and finally examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Oulu trip app .

In December, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get in touch with nature at Feelapland and Syvasenvaara Fell. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arktikum and Christmas House Santa. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, stop by Your Piece Of Finland, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Oulu to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, Rovaniemi is little chillier than Oulu - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games Museums Parks
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Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi ©
Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

3
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.
On the 17th (Mon), brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip website .

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. On the 20th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

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