12 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

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12 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
3
Inari
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Helsinki

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nuuksio National Park and Teijo National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Katajanokka and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Castle Hill (in Porvoo), Tulliniemi Nature Path (in Hanko) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). Spend the 27th (Thu) exploring nature at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto, Nuuksio National Park, Arboretum Mustila, Teijo National Park, Tulliniemi Nature Path
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nordic Unique Travels as well as Santa Claus Village. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then make a trip to Lordi's Square. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy and then catch all the local highlights with Nordic Unique Travels.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in August, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Nordic Unique Travels ©
Nordic Unique Travels
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

4
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Step out of the city life by going to Urho Kekkonen National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Go for a jaunt from Inari to Saariselka to see Hippupuoti Gift Shop about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park. There's more to do: get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Inari day trip planning tool .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Inari by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Saariselka, Lemmenjoki National Park
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park

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