8 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Vantaa Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Vantaa Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Vantaa Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Vantaa
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h
End: Paris

4
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like The Swimming Stadium and Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, stroll around Observatory Hill Park, make a trip to Senate Square, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Helsinki road trip website .

Paris, France to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Paris in October, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 10°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
The Swimming Stadium ©
The Swimming Stadium
Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka ©
Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): see Santa Claus Office, then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and then stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, Rovaniemi is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vantaa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

1
night
Vantaa

Vantaa ©
Though technically its own city, Vantaa is considered by many to be a Helsinki suburb, and it is where most visitors land when they fly to Finland.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pyhan Laurin kirkko and then engage your brain at Heureka.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Vantaa trip maker website .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Vantaa by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in October, expect nights in Vantaa to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vantaa

Childrens Museums Museums Historic Sites
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Heureka ©
Heureka
Pyhan Laurin kirkko ©
Pyhan Laurin kirkko

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