15 days in Helsinki Region, Inari & Rovaniemi Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki Region, Inari & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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15 days in Helsinki Region, Inari & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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

5
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.
Pack the 19th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki itinerary site .

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 difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Loviisa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

4
nights
Loviisa

Loviisa ©
Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Loviisa: Ankkapurha Culture Park (in Kouvola), Kotka (Fuksinpuisto Park, Sapokka Water Garden, & more) and Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, and steep yourself in history at Ungern and Rosen Fortresses.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Loviisa holiday planning website .

You can drive from Helsinki to Loviisa in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get slightly colder in Loviisa: highs are around -1°C and lows about -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Loviisa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Ruotsinpyhtaa, Valkmusa National Park, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Ankkapurha Culture Park
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Ankkapurha Culture Park ©
Ankkapurha Culture Park

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
On the 26th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Lemmenjoki National Park. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at Otsamo Fell, examine the collection at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Inari attractions planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Loviisa to Inari. In December, Inari is slightly colder than Loviisa - with highs of -7°C and lows of -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida ©
Siida
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.
Rovaniemi is known for theme parks, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore and take pictures at Lappi Areena, and see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi online tour planner .

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

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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