8 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Oulu Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Oulu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours

Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
3
Oulu
— 3 nights

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki visit planner.

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Helsinki hover around 37°F, while lows dip to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 20th (Fri), make a trip to Lordi's Square, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 22°F and lows are around 11°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, walk around Ainolan Puisto, then admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral, then appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli. Keep things going the next day: walk around Hupisaaret Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Oulu tour planner.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in December; daily highs in Oulu reach 28°F and lows reach 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo ©
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo
Oulu Cathedral ©
Oulu Cathedral
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo

Similar plans

9 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 13 days in Rovaniemi BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 12 days in Rovaniemi BY A USER FROM FINLAND February, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: February, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 12 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM SOUTH KOREA May, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: May, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 12 days in Lapland & Helsinki BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: February, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 9 days in Rovaniemi BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE September, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular sights Preferences: September, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 10 days in Oulu & Helsinki BY A USER FROM FINLAND October, culture, romantic, historic sites, popular sights Preferences: October, culture, romantic, historic sites Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 11 days in Helsinki & Rovaniemi BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, teens, kids, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: December, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 6 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM CANADA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 10 days in Helsinki Region BY A USER FROM GERMANY September, culture, relaxing, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: September, culture, relaxing, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 9 days in Helsinki & Lapland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, hidden gems Preferences: December, outdoors, relaxing, romantic Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 9 days in Helsinki & Lakeland BY A USER FROM GERMANY September, outdoors, romantic, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: September, outdoors, romantic, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium
See more plans