9 days in Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

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9 days in Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Dubai
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  12​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery). Do some cultural sightseeing at Church of Sodankyla and Rovaniemi Church. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Tornio Church (in Tornio) and Kemi Church (in Kemi). Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, and take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi route planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Dubai to Rovaniemi, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Rovaniemi is cooler than Dubai - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kemi, Tornio Church, Church of Sodankyla
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Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
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.
Get some cultural insight at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Helsinki Cathedral. Step off the beaten path and head to Kansallisgalleria and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Fagervik Museum (in Inkoo) and Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen (in Raseborg). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Snappertunan kirkko, steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki planning tool .

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Snappertunan kirkko, Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen, Fagervik Museum
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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