18 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

18 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

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18 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti), explore the world behind art at Sinebrychoff Art Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach. On your second day here, take a stroll through Design District and then take a stroll through Ullanlinna.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki visit 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 difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Neighborhoods Outdoors Beaches
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Design District ©
Design District
Sinebrychoff Art Museum ©
Sinebrychoff Art Museum
Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti) ©
Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti)

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get some cultural insight at Church of Sodankyla and Kemi Church. Museum-lovers will appreciate Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Rovaniemi Local History Museum. Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Amethyst Mine Lapland in Luosto--about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, and make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in August, you will find days in Rovaniemi are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Amethyst Mine Lapland, Church of Sodankyla, Kemi Church
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Feelapland ©
Feelapland
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla
Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church

4
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Museum-lovers will appreciate Siida and Gold Prospector Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inari: Saariselka (Action Park & Hippupuoti Gift Shop).

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Inari visit planning website .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In August in Inari, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saariselka, Gold Prospector Museum
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Visit Bellevue Beach and Santalahti Nature Trail for some beach relaxation. Appreciate the collections at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Venture out of the city with trips to Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki), Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo) and Kotka (St. Nicholas Orthodox Church & Linden Esplanade). Enjoy Helsinki some more: take a stroll through Stromforsin ruukki, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, examine the collection at Design Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Inari in August, with highs in Helsinki at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Bellevue Beach, Porvoo Old Town, Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
The National Museum of Finland ©
The National Museum of Finland