15 days in Helsinki, Salla & Rovaniemi Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki, Salla & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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15 days in Helsinki, Salla & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
2
Salla
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Dubai

7
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 Bellevue Beach and Nuuksio National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Hanko Water Tower (in Hanko), Tampere (Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, Spas, & more) and Inkoon kirkko (in Inkoo). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Katajanokka, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and go for a walk through Linden Esplanade.

Plan trip to Helsinki with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Dubai in November: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Tampere, Kotka, Hanko, Inkoon kirkko, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach

3
nights
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Take a break from the city and head to Pyha-Luosto National Park and Salla Ski Resort. Change things up with these side-trips from Salla: Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto), Kiutakongas Rapids (in Kuusamo) and Joutsijarven Bunkkerit (in Kemijarvi). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction and contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Salla holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Salla with the Route module. In November, Salla is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of -1°C and lows of -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Salla

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kiutakongas Rapids, Amethyst Mine Lapland, Joutsijarven Bunkkerit, Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

4
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, and examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planning website .

You can drive from Salla to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. In November in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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