12 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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12 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 9 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Milan

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Heureka and Kansallisgalleria. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, examine the collection at Mannerheim Museum, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip planning app .

Milan, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to Helsinki is 1 hour. Traveling from Milan in December, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum, Heureka
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

9
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ranua Zoo and Santa Claus Office. Venture out of the city with trips to Samiland (in Sirkka), Jemes Sport (in Yllasjarvi) and Maupertuis Memorial (in Pello). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi online visit planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sodankyla, Pyhatunturi, Samiland, Maupertuis Memorial, Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction
Highlights from your plan
Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla
Fishing Charters & Tours

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