14 days in Helsinki, Ivalo & Rovaniemi Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki, Ivalo & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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14 days in Helsinki, Ivalo & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  7​h 45​min
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Madrid


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.
We've included these beaches for you: Aurinkolahti Beach and Lehman. Get a sense of the local culture at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla), St. Nicholas Orthodox Church (in Kotka) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo, pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and make a trip to The Esplanadi Park.

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Madrid, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Madrid to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Madrid in August, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Ivalo.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Kotka, Nuuksio National Park, Valkmusa National Park
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Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church


Ivalo ©
Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20km south of Lake Inari. Step out of the city life by going to Urho Kekkonen National Park and Lake Inari. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ivalo: Inari (Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church & Juutua Nature Trail). There's more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Ivalo day trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Ivalo. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in August, with highs in Ivalo at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Ivalo

#Outdoors, #Theme Parks, #Parks

Side Trips

Inari, Saariselka
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church


Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of the city life by going to Pyha-Luosto National Park and Safaris. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Ivalo to Rovaniemi takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

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