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 Rovaniemi Church. Museum-lovers will get to explore Christmas House Santa and Science Centre Pilke. Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Ranua and see Ranua Zoo, which is approximately 1 hour away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, and get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi sightseeing planner.

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

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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