11 days in Oslo, Helsinki & Saariselka Itinerary

11 days in Oslo, Helsinki & Saariselka Itinerary

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Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
2
Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
3
Saariselka, Finland
— 2 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nordmarka and Oslomarka. Karl Johans gate and Viking Ship Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Hebbe Lille's Gallery in Vollen (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Aker Brygge, learn about all things military at Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum, explore the world behind art at Astrup Fearnley Museet, and contemplate the long history of Queen Sonja Art Stable.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Oslo day trip planning site.

Dothan, USA to Oslo is an approximately 20-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Dothan in December, things will get cooler in Oslo: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Hebbe Lille's Gallery
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Nordmarka ©
Nordmarka
Oslomarka ©
Oslomarka
Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum ©
Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Aalto House. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Mannerheim Museum. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, take a stroll through Katajanokka, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, and view the masterpieces at Galerie Anhava.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

You can fly from Oslo to Helsinki in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Oslo to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Oslo in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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Saariselka, Finland

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the venue of The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, thensee the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. On the next day, examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, thenfly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka online holiday planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Saariselka by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. While traveling from Helsinki, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Saariselka, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

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