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.
Church of Sodankyla and Kemi Church will appeal to history buffs. Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Tornio Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery) in Kemi--about 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi journey 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. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in December, things will get much colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Historic Sites Nature

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.
Popular historic sites such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Helsinki Cathedral are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Fagervik Museum (in Inkoo) and Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen (in Raseborg). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Snappertunan kirkko, see the interesting displays at Mannerheim Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen, Snappertunan kirkko, 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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