15 days in Helsinki, Inari & Rovaniemi Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki, Inari & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  6 h
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h
2
Inari
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: London

6
nights
Helsinki

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 discover tucked-away gems like Porvoo Old Town and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Pack the 21st (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and make a trip to Senate Square.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning tool.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In December, Helsinki is little chillier than London - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

5
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Otsamo Fell. Change things up with these side-trips from Inari: Saariselka (Saariselka Bowling, Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, &more) and Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, tour or see a show at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari trip itinerary planning tool.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Inari: temperatures range from -7°C by day to -17°C at night. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Saariselka, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step off the beaten path and head to SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Lappi Areena. Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Ylitornio to see Tatuka Reindeerfarm about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell.

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Getting from Inari to Rovaniemi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Tatuka Reindeerfarm
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Lordi's Square ©
Lordi's Square

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