10 days in Helsinki, Ivalo & Rovaniemi Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki, Ivalo & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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10 days in Helsinki, Ivalo & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Ivalo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: London

3
nights
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.
Pack the 20th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Helsinki road trip website .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in Helsinki at 19°C and lows at 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ivalo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
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Ivalo

Ivalo ©
Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20km south of Lake Inari. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ivalo holiday maker website .

You can fly from Helsinki to Ivalo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in September: high temperatures in Ivalo hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Ivalo

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Saariselka
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Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): make a trip to Lordi's Square, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner .

You can drive from Ivalo to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Fun & Games
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), then admire the masterpieces at Design Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kallio Church, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read our Helsinki online holiday planner .

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in September: highs in Helsinki hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market
Kamppi Chapel of Silence ©
Kamppi Chapel of Silence
Market Square Kauppatori ©
Market Square Kauppatori

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