11 days in Helsinki Region, Inari & Rovaniemi Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki Region, Inari & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Inari
— 1 night
3
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Take a break from the city and head to Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Helsinki online attractions planner.

Shanghai, China to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Shanghai to Helsinki is minus 6 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Shanghai in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Inari day trip website.

Getting from Helsinki to Inari by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: highs in Inari hover around -7°C, while lows dip to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park

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nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Auttikongas. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see Santa Claus Office, and get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Inari to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Parks · Tours
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas

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