9 days in Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

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9 days in Rovaniemi & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Barcelona

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see Santa Claus Office, then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and finally snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at SantaPark, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi online attractions planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Barcelona in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
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Arktikum

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Aurinkolahti Beach and Korkeasaari Zoo. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 46 minutes away. Pack the 3rd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

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Fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Ullanlinna ©
Ullanlinna

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