8 days in Helsinki, Inari & Saariselka Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Inari & Saariselka Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki, Inari & Saariselka Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
2
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Helsinki

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.
Pack the 26th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and examine the collection at Vantaa Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki tour itinerary maker .

If you are flying in from Italy, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): go for a walk through Otsamo Fell, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm and then get into the urban bustle at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos.

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You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in January, expect Inari to be little chillier, temps between -11°C and -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Inari

Tours Shopping Museums
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The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos
Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka visit planner .

You can drive from Inari to Saariselka in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. January in Saariselka sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

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