6 days in Ivalo & Rovaniemi Itinerary

6 days in Ivalo & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Ivalo
— 1 night
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Ivalo

— 1 night
Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20km south of Lake Inari. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ivalo trip itinerary planner.

Helsinki to Ivalo is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: highs in Ivalo hover around -7°C, while lows dip to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Ivalo

Historic Sites · Museums

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Arktikum and Christmas House Santa. Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Ranua to see Ranua Zoo about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, engage your brain at Science Centre Pilke, and see Santa Claus Office.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi visit site.

Traveling by car from Ivalo to Rovaniemi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums

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