13 days in Rovaniemi, Ivalo & Helsinki Itinerary

13 days in Rovaniemi, Ivalo & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Family-friendly places like Santa Claus Village and Arktikum will thrill your kids. Visiting Pyha-Luosto National Park and Safaris will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see where the action happens at Lappi Areena, and have some family-friendly fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read 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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madrid in August, you will find days in Rovaniemi are cooler (20°C), and nights are slightly colder (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ivalo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Nature · Parks

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Pyha-Luosto National Park
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park


Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20km south of Lake Inari. On the 11th (Sat), trek along Juutua Nature Trail and then head outdoors with Lake Inari. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Ivalo trip planning tool.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Ivalo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Ivalo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Step out of the city life by going to Nuuksio National Park and Aurinkolahti Beach. Pack the 14th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), stroll through Hietaranta Beach, and take a stroll through Ullanlinna.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Ivalo to Helsinki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Ivalo in August, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) 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

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