11 days in Rovaniemi, Iisalmi & Helsinki Itinerary

11 days in Rovaniemi, Iisalmi & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
2
Iisalmi
— 3 nights
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Auttikongas and Syvasenvaara Fell. Get outdoors at Feelapland and Tatuka Reindeerfarm. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi tour itinerary planner.

Torshavn, Faroe Islands to Rovaniemi is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Torshavn to Rovaniemi. While traveling from Torshavn, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Iisalmi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tatuka Reindeerfarm
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Rovaniemi City Library ©
Rovaniemi City Library

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nights
Iisalmi

Iisalmi ©
Iisalmi is a town and municipality in the Region of Northern Savonia in Finland.The municipality has a population of and covers an area of of which is water. Family-friendly places like Hiidenportti National Park and Kainuun Vaellustalli will thrill your kids. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vuokatinvaara and Iisalmi market hall. Get out of town with these interesting Iisalmi side-trips: Pyha-Hakki National Park (in Saarijarvi) and Venajanhiekka (in Rautavaara). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Rukajarvi-keskus.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Iisalmi road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Iisalmi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In July, daily temperatures in Iisalmi can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Iisalmi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sotkamo, Vuokatinvaara, Pyha-Hakki National Park, Venajanhiekka
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Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park
Pyha-Hakki National Park ©
Pyha-Hakki National Park
Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. It doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Iisalmi to Helsinki. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum

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