13 days in Rovaniemi, Ivalo & Helsinki Itinerary

13 days in Rovaniemi, Ivalo & Helsinki Itinerary

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13 days in Rovaniemi, Ivalo & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  10 h 30 min
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
— 6 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Madrid


An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get in touch with nature at Pyha-Luosto National Park and Safaris. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, have fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and explore and take pictures at Lappi Areena.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi journey planner .

Madrid, Spain to Rovaniemi is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Rovaniemi. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Madrid in November: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -2°C and lows are around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Ivalo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Arktikum ©


Ivalo ©
Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20km south of Lake Inari. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Juutua Nature Trail and then head outdoors with Lake Inari.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ivalo trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rovaniemi to Ivalo. In November in Ivalo, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -10°C at night. You will leave for Helsinki on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in Ivalo

Outdoors Trails Parks

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Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari


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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Visit Rock Church and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna for their historical value. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 46 minutes away. Pack the 23rd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo, head off the coast to Pihlajasaari Recreational Park, and contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ivalo to Helsinki. Traveling from Ivalo in November, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 5°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

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Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church