12 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

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Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nuuksio National Park and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto and Arboretum Mustila. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Teijo National Park (in Pernio), Tulliniemi Nature Path (in Hanko) and Castle Hill (in Porvoo). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Katajanokka.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool.

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

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy and then get a taste of local nightlife at Nordic Unique Travels.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi route planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in August, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, 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 Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Nordic Unique Travels ©
Nordic Unique Travels
Arctic Emotions Oy ©
Arctic Emotions Oy

4
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Discover out-of-the-way places like Urho Kekkonen National Park and Lemmenjoki National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Inari side-trips: Saariselka (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Hippupuoti Gift Shop). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Inari travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park

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