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
— 5 nights
2
Inari
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h
End: Bordeaux

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Pilke Science Centre. Visiting Pyha-Luosto National Park and Syvasenvaara Fell will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Kemi Church (in Kemi), Church of Sodankyla (in Sodankyla) and Maupertuis Memorial (in Pello). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner .

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. Traveling from Bordeaux in December, expect Rovaniemi to be cooler, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Head to Hippupuoti Gift Shop and The Sami Cultural Centre Sajosfor some retail therapy. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inari: Saariselka (Angry Birds Activity Park & Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort) and Taatsin seita (in Kittila). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Inari day trip website .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Inari when traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with lows around -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Saariselka, Taatsin seita
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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