9 days in Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dubai
Fly + Bus:  12 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h
2
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Dubai

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi Church and Santa's House of Snowmobiles are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Church of Sodankyla and German Soldier s Cemetery for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Tornio Church (in Tornio) and Kemi (Kemi Church & Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery)). There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum, make a trip to Lordi's Square, and stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi driving holiday planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 13- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 2 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Kemi, Tornio Church, Church of Sodankyla
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Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The National Museum of Finland. Get some historical perspective at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Mannerheim Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen (in Raseborg) and Fagervik Museum (in Inkoo). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, pause for some serene contemplation at Snappertunan kirkko, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see maps and other tourist information, read Helsinki journey planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Helsinki is a bit warmer than Rovaniemi - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen, Fagervik Museum, Snappertunan kirkko
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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