11 days in Rovaniemi, Inari & Helsinki Itinerary

11 days in Rovaniemi, Inari & Helsinki Itinerary

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11 days in Rovaniemi, Inari & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
2
Inari
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: London

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 21st (Sat), stop by Your Piece Of Finland. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then see Santa Claus Office, and then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi route planning tool .

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums
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Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Explore Inari's surroundings by going to Action Park (in Saariselka) and Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Inari, with lows of -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Room Escape Games and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Runeberg Park (in Porvoo) and Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre (in Vantaa). Pack the 29th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the striking features of The National Library of Finland, and stroll through Kaivopuisto.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki tour itinerary builder app .

Getting from Inari to Helsinki by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Inari in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Helsinki, with highs around 3°C, while nights are warmer with lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Heureka, Runeberg Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Room Escape Games
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

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