Arrival to Helsinki, transfer to city centre
Find the Finnair City Bus stop just outside arrival level at Terminal T2 or T1. Bus will take you to Elielsquare at Helsinki Central Railway Station in approximately 35 minutes. Please check the bus schedule here . A short 10 minute walk to your first class downtown hotel. We will confirm the hotel after your booking. Check-in starts at 15.00 but you can store your luggage at the hotel before that.
OPTIONAL: Explore the main shopping streets like Esplanade with brand shops and Kämp Galleria as well as Aleksanterinkatu and Mannerheimintie where you find Stockmann department store and Forum Mall. Brands like Marimekko, Iittala or Moomin are widely available.
Dinner at Kaarna Baari & Keittiö restaurant 19.00
Kaarna Baari & Keittiö restaurant is located in the heart of Helsinki (address: Mannerheimintie 20) and offers Finnish food with a Nordic twist. The 3-course set menu consists of simple dishes that have distinct flavours and are made of local, fresh ingredients. You can choose between three alternatives on each course and one drink (soft drink, Finnish beer or glass of house wine) is included.
Overnight in a hotel
After dinner walk back to your hotel and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel
Full buffet breakfast at your hotel.
OPTIONAL: Have an early morning walk along the Esplanade Park to the lively Kauppatori market place by the sea and the traditional old Market Hall. The square and the sea front has a distinctive atmosphere according to the season. On summer the daylight starts already at early hours.
Coffee Break at Café Esplanad
Have a short brake and taste something very typical Finnish: a “Korvapuusti” cinnamon bun with a cup of coffee or tea at traditional coffee shop Café Esplanad on shopping street Esplanadi. (Address: Pohjois-Esplanadi 37, open Mon-Fri 8-21, Sat 9-21, Sun 10-21.)
Day trip to Rovaniemi, transfer to the airport 10.30
Board the Finnair City Bus at Elielsquare (Platform 30) by the railway station for a 35 minutes ride to the airport. Check the bus schedule here. We suggest you do the Finnair check-in in advance online for both ways to save time. Show your boarding pass at terminal T2 in order to access gate area through the security control.
Flight Helsinki-Rovaniemi 12.20-13.40
Finnair flight to Rovaniemi. Meet your driver at the arrival hall.
Visit Santa Claus Village at the Arctic Circle 14.00-15.00
A short drive (3 kms) to the Arctic Circle. Meet Santa at his office. You can get your postcards stamped at the Santa Claus Post Office. Polar Circle Crossing Certificates are available at a nominal fee at the Arctic Circle Information office. There are several shops and cafes selling local articles. After visit, your driver takes you to the Rovaniemi city, the Arktikum Exhibition and Science Center.
Visit Arktikum Exhibition and Science Center 15.15-17.00
Your driver takes you to Rovaniemi (8 kms), where you will visit the Arktikum Exhibition and Science Center. There you can learn about the Polar region and the life and nature during the four different seasons of the year. At the base exhibition, Changing Arctic, you are able to experience the colorful and magic show of the Northern Lights lying on your back. More visions are available in the Polarium Room with a 12 minutes multivision show. The Northern Lights are not visible on the sky between May and August as the day light time is long and there is hardly darkness even in the night. At Arktikum you are able to experience the Northern Lights spectacle every day! The Arktikum Center is right in downtown Rovaniemi and there is a chance for buying snacks and local souvenirs.
Transfer to the airport 17.00-17.15
Your driver takes you to the airport (11 kms). Check-in and clear the security control at Rovaniemi airport.
Flight to Helsinki 18.10-19.25
Finnair flight to Helsinki. On clear weather you can enjoy the northern sceneries.
Transfer to city centre
Arrival back in Helsinki Airport terminal T2, Finnair City bus will take you to Elielsquare in 35 minutes. Please check the schedule here.
OPTIONAL: Visit the roof top bar of solo Sokos Hotel Torni in downtown Helsinki (corner of Yrjönkatu and Kalevankatu streets) for a magnificent view over Helsinki and the nearby islands. On summer the day light stays almost until midnight, so please do enjoy!
Overnight in a hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel
Full buffet breakfast at your hotel. If you have a morning flight, an early riser’s coffee is available. If you have a later flight departure, we suggest you store your luggage at the front desk. Latest check-out at 12.00. Free time to explore Helsinki according to your flight schedule.
Departure to the airport
Departure from Elielinaukio Square by Finnair City Bus according to your flight schedule. We suggest you to arrive to the airport latest 1,5 hours before your flight. Please check the bus schedule in advance here to choose the optimal bus journey. The journey will take approximately 35 minutes. There is a good choice of shops and restaurants at the airport.
Have a good flight and welcome back to Finland!
Included in the program:
- Two return tickets for the Finnair City Bus
- Two overnights at a downtown Helsinki hotel in a standard guest room, breakfast buffet (See our hotel partners, click here)
- Three course set dinner at restaurant Kaarna Baari & Keittiö
- A cinnamon bun and a cup of coffee or tea at Café Esplanad
- Finnair flight Helsinki – Rovaniemi – Helsinki in economy class
- Afternoon program (aprx 5 hrs) in Rovaniemi including private transfers and visit to Santa Claus Village and the Arktikum Exhibition with Northern Lights show
Please note! Due to changeable domestic flight schedules this program is given as indicative only. Check the final timings on your flight ticket and program confirmation delivered separately after your booking.