8 days in Helsinki, Inari & Rovaniemi Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Inari & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki, Inari & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
2
Inari
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Rome

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at True VR. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Rome, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Rome in December: highs in Helsinki hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Get outdoors at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Lemmenjoki National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Siida and Otsamo Fell.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Inari trip maker tool .

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. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: highs in Inari hover around -7°C, while lows dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, Lemmenjoki National Park
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida ©
Siida

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): stop by Your Piece Of Finland, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then stop by LAURI, and finally browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Inari to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to -10°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
LAURI ©
LAURI

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