12 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Inari
— 4 nights
Fly

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Helsinki

— 4 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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 Tulliniemi Nature Path. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki), Castle Hill (in Porvoo) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). 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 aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala 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 · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 27:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

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 · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:

Inari

— 4 nights
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 Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get outdoors at Urho Kekkonen National Park and Lemmenjoki National Park. When in Inari, make a side trip to see Hippupuoti Gift Shop in Saariselka, approximately Saariselka away. There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Inari road trip planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daytime highs in Inari are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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