14 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Scandinavia Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Scandinavia Itinerary

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14 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
bus:  9​h 30​min
3
Karasjok, Norway
— 1 night
bus+Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Tromso, Norway
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​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.
You've now added Market Square Kauppatori to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Mon), don't miss a visit to Market Square Kauppatori, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church, then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally make a trip to Senate Square.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki sightseeing planning website .

Nuremberg, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nuremberg to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. December in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner .

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for Karasjok.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

1
night
Karasjok, Norway

Karasjok ©
Karasjok or Kárášjohka or Kaarasjoki is a municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. To find out how to plan a trip to Karasjok, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Karasjok takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Karasjok are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -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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Sapmi Park ©
Sapmi Park
Boble Glasshytte ©
Boble Glasshytte

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 Enjoy the Arctic, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Wandering Owl, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Arctic Cathedral and Perspektivet Museum. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet) and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Polaria.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tromso trip planner.

Getting from Karasjok to Tromso by car takes about 7.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Karasjok in December; daily highs in Tromso reach 0°C and lows reach -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Tromso

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

The Arctic Cathedral
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Enjoy the Arctic ©
Enjoy the Arctic
Wandering Owl ©
Wandering Owl
The Arctic Cathedral ©
The Arctic Cathedral

3
nights
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Vigelandsparken as well as National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet, appreciate the extensive heritage of Oslomarka, then steep yourself in history at Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), and finally take a stroll through Karl Johans gate. Keep things going the next day: ski along the peaceful trails at Nordmarka, then admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum, then take a stroll through Street Art at Ingens gate, and finally stroll around Vigelandsparken.

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Getting from Tromso to Oslo by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Tromso, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Oslo, ranging from highs of 6°C to lows of -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oslo

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Oslomarka ©
Oslomarka
Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum

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