18 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

18 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

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Helsinki
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Inari
— 4 nights
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
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Helsinki

— 2 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.
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 fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

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 German Soldier s Cemetery. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Kemi Church (in Kemi) and Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto). Next up on the itinerary: have fun at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi, stop by Marttiini Store Old Factory, and catch all the local highlights with Feelapland.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 26:

Inari

— 4 nights
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 Tuula's Reindeer. Step out of Inari with an excursion to Hippupuoti Gift Shop in Saariselka--about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at 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 Inari Reindeer Farm.

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

Take a bus from Rovaniemi to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. 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 catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 30:

Helsinki

— 7 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Do some cultural sightseeing at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Stromforsin Ruukki. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kansallisgalleria and Bellevue Beach. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Kotka (St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Linden Esplanade, &more). See even more of Helsinki: take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Inari in August: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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