18 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

18 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
3
Inari
— 4 nights
4
Helsinki
— 7 nights

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 kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Design District and then visit Ullanlinna.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning site.

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. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches
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Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach
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.
Let the collections at Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Rovaniemi Local History Museum capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Church of Sodankyla and Kemi Church. Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Luosto and see Amethyst Mine Lapland, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Feelapland, and get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi itinerary planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in August: highs in Rovaniemi hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 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

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Church of Sodankyla, Kemi Church, Amethyst Mine Lapland
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Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla
Rovaniemi Local History Museum ©
Rovaniemi Local History Museum

4
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Museum-lovers will get to explore Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Gold Prospector Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Inari Reindeer Farm. Step out of Inari with an excursion to Hippupuoti Gift Shop in Saariselka--about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, get great views at Otsamo Fell, get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, and relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Inari tour planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daytime highs in Inari are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Hippupuoti Gift Shop, Gold Prospector Museum
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

7
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Museum of Finland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kansallisgalleria and Bellevue Beach. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Kotka (St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Linden Esplanade, &more), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). Explore Helsinki further: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, admire the masterpieces at Design Museum, contemplate the long history of Stromforsin Ruukki, and identify plant and animal life at Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in August, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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