16 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

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16 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

Start: Taipei
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
3
Inari
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Taipei

4
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 24th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki journey builder .

Taipei, Taiwan to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 6 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Taipei in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Change things up with a short trip to Tatuka Palvelut in Ylitornio (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, and admire the sheer force of Auttikongas.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi route planner .

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Tatuka Palvelut
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

5
nights
Inari

Inari ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inari: Saariselka (Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, Urho Kekkonen National Park, & more) and Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara).

For where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Inari trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Inari, with lows of -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Saariselka, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Siida ©
Siida

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