10 days in Helsinki, Ivalo & Rovaniemi Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki, Ivalo & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + 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
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  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, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, make a trip to Senate Square, and steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 8°C. Wrap up 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
night
Ivalo

Ivalo ©
Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20km south of Lake Inari. On the 21st (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ivalo trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Ivalo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In September, Ivalo is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough 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.
On the 22nd (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Lordi's Square, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get your game on at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Ivalo to Rovaniemi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Tours
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), then admire the masterpieces at Design Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Kallio Church, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then make a trip to Porvoo Old Town.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Helsinki by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Rovaniemi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time 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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