11 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Scandinavia Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Scandinavia Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Scandinavia Itinerary

Start: Nuremberg, Germany
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Karasjok, Norway
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Tromso, Norway
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  8​h 30​min
End: Nuremberg, Germany

2
nights
Helsinki, Finland

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Kotiharjun Sauna as well as Market Square Kauppatori.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning site .

Nuremberg, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

2
nights
Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see Santa Claus Office and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi journey maker tool .

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. On the 26th (Thu), you'll travel to Karasjok.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

1
night
Karasjok, Norway

Karasjok ©
Karasjok or Kárášjohka or Kaarasjoki is a municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sapmi Park, Boble Glasshytte and Samediggi - Sami Parliament.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Karasjok trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rovaniemi to Karasjok. Traveling from Rovaniemi to Karasjok, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -11°C. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tromso.

Things to do in Karasjok

Museums Shopping
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Boble Glasshytte ©
Boble Glasshytte
Sapmi Park ©
Sapmi Park
Samediggi - Sami Parliament ©
Samediggi - Sami Parliament

5
nights
Tromso, Norway

Tromso ©
The cultural and economic hub of northern Norway, Tromso boasts a historical city center containing one of the highest concentrations of wooden houses in Europe.
You've added Polaria, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Wandering Owl, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Arctic Cathedral and The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet). There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at Perspektivet Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tromso trip planning site .

You can drive from Karasjok to Tromso in 7 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Karasjok in December, with highs in Tromso at 0°C and lows at -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tromso

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

The Arctic Cathedral
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Wandering Owl ©
Wandering Owl
The Arctic Cathedral ©
The Arctic Cathedral
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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