18 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

18 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning 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. 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

Neighborhoods Beaches Outdoors
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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.
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. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, see the top attractions with Feelapland, raise your glass at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi, and revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and 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

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kemi Church, Church of Sodankyla, 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 Tuula's Reindeer. Step out of Inari with an excursion to Hippupuoti Gift Shop in Saariselka--about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm, take in the pleasant sights at Otsamo Fell, and wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Inari trip planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. In August in Inari, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time 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 Design Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kansallisgalleria and Aurinkolahti Beach. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Bellevue Beach (in Hanko), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). See some other sides of Helsinki: take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Helsinki travel tool.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In August, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Inari - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kotka, Bellevue Beach, Arboretum Mustila, Porvoo Old Town, Stromforsin Ruukki
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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