8 days in Rovaniemi, Oulu & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Rovaniemi, Oulu & Helsinki Itinerary

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

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore hidden gems such as Ranua Zoo and Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Rovaniemi. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect Rovaniemi to be much colder, temps between 22°F and 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©

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Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Haukipudas Church.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Oulu trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, Oulu is somewhat warmer than Rovaniemi - with highs of 28°F and lows of 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Haukipudas Church
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Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church

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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Room Escape Games and Kansallisgalleria. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Heureka (in Vantaa). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of The National Library of Finland, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Helsinki travel route site.

Traveling by flight from Oulu to Helsinki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Oulu in December, with highs in Helsinki at 37°F and lows at 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Heureka
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Room Escape Games

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