15 days in Helsinki, Inari & Rovaniemi Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki, Inari & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Inari
— 5 nights
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Rovaniemi
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Helsinki

— 6 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and Porvoo Old Town. Pack the 21st (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from London in December, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -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 · Parks

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Inari

— 5 nights
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: Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara) and Saariselka (Saariselka Bowling, Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, &more). 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 Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. 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 · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Tatuka Reindeerfarm. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, catch a live event at Lappi Areena, and explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi itinerary planner.

You can drive from Inari to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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