19 days in Helsinki, Inari & Rovaniemi Itinerary

19 days in Helsinki, Inari & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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19 days in Helsinki, Inari & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Medellin
Fly:  18​h
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Inari
— 6 nights
3
Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Medellin

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nuuksio National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Hvittrask in Kirkkonummi, approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner .

Medellin, Colombia to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Medellin to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Medellin in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

King's Road, Nuuksio National Park, Hvittrask
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

6
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Get outdoors at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Lemmenjoki National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Inari: Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara), Saariselka (Hippupuoti Gift Shop & Action Park) and Skolt Sami Heritage House (in Sevettijarvi). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, take a stroll around The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, and relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Inari road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Helsinki, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Inari, ranging from highs of -7°C to lows of -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Saariselka, Lemmenjoki National Park, Gold Prospector Museum, Skolt Sami Heritage House
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©

6
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Poro Farmi. Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi), The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley (in Tornio) and Kotielainpuisto Arkadia (in Simo). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, see Santa Claus Office, and get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi tour itinerary site .

Drive from Inari to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pyha-Luosto National Park, Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia

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