10 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Rovaniemi Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Turku
— 1 night
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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
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Helsinki — 3 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Senate Square will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, snap pictures at Rakkauden Silta, walk around The Esplanadi Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki attractions planning app.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dubai in December, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Turku.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Turku — 1 night

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then get outside with Bike Rental - by Carfield, and finally get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku day trip planning app.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly to Rovaniemi.
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Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours
Side Trip
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Rovaniemi — 5 nights

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kids will enjoy Santa Claus Village and SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Ranua to see Ranua Zoo about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and see Santa Claus Office.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip maker site.

You can fly from Turku to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Turku in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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