11 days in Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

11 days in Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

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11 days in Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

Start: Bordeaux
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
2
Inari
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h
End: Bordeaux

6
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Popular historic sites such as Rovaniemi Church and Church of Sodankyla are in your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Pilke Science Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Tornio (Tornion vesitorni, Tornio Church, & more), Museum - Gallery Alariesto (in Sodankyla) and Maupertuis Memorial (in Pello). Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring nature at Pyha-Luosto National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, buy something for everyone on your list at Arctic Circle Mall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kemi Church, and see Santa Claus Office.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder tool .

Bordeaux, France to Rovaniemi is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bordeaux to Rovaniemi. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Bordeaux in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tornio, Sodankyla, Pyha-Luosto National Park, Maupertuis Memorial, Kemi Church
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

4
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Gold Prospector Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Inari side-trips: Saariselka (Hippupuoti Gift Shop & Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort). The adventure continues: get into the urban bustle at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos and pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Inari online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Inari by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Inari when traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Saariselka, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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