11 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Scandinavia Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Scandinavia Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rovaniemi, Finland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Karasjok, Norway
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tromso, Norway
— 5 nights
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Helsinki, Finland — 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kotiharjun Sauna as well as Market Square Kauppatori.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online travel planner.

Nuremberg, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rovaniemi.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Neighborhoods
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Rovaniemi, Finland — 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see Santa Claus Office and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planning tool.

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. You will leave for Karasjok on the 26th (Thu).
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Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
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Karasjok, Norway — 1 night

Karasjok or Kárášjohka or Kaarasjoki is a municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. Your day by day itinerary now includes Sapmi Park, Boble Glasshytte and Samediggi - Sami Parliament.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Karasjok online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Karasjok by car takes about 5.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Karasjok can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tromso.
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Museums · Shopping
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Tromso, Norway — 5 nights

Paris of the North

The cultural and economic hub of northern Norway, Tromso boasts a historical city center containing one of the highest concentrations of wooden houses in Europe.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Polaria, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Wandering Owl, and other attractions. Get some cultural insight at The Arctic Cathedral and Perspektivet Museum. There's more to do: examine the collection at The Polar Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tromso online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Karasjok to Tromso in 7.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Karasjok in December; daily highs in Tromso reach 0°C and lows reach -4°C. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nightlife
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