8 days in Helsinki, Inari & Rovaniemi Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Inari & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  6 h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: London

3
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 24th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and make a trip to Senate Square.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki travel route site.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki. Traveling from London in September, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 25th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): head outdoors with Lake Inari and then get great views at Otsamo Fell.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Inari trip tool.

You can fly from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in September, with highs in Inari at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
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Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, thensee the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and finally Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, and then catch all the local highlights with Feelapland.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi tour planner.

Drive from Inari to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

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