9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Turku Castle (in Turku). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Helsinki is minus 8 hours. In January, Helsinki is colder than Sydney - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Turku Castle, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
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 28th (Tue): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -10°C and lows are around -17°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

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