12 days in Rovaniemi, Inari & Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Rovaniemi, Inari & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
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Inari
— 4 nights
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Helsinki
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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.
When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Pyha-Luosto National Park in Pyhatunturi, approximately Pyhatunturi away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi road trip planning tool.

Detroit, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Detroit to Rovaniemi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Detroit in April; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 38°F and lows reach 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Inari

— 4 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inari: Saariselka (Urho Kekkonen National Park, Hippupuoti Gift Shop, &more). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Angeli Reindeer Farm, hike along Juutua Nature Trail, experience rural life at Tuula's Reindeer, and examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Inari trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. May in Inari sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki online road trip planner.

You can fly from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Inari in May; daily highs in Helsinki reach 60°F and lows reach 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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