8 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Ivalo Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Ivalo Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland sightseeing planner

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Helsinki
— 1 night
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Ivalo
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 1 night

Daughter of the Baltic

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 22nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, then admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, then admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Frankfurt to Helsinki. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Frankfurt in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 24th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then make a trip to Lordi's Square. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ivalo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Shopping · Museums · Fun & Games · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Ivalo

— 3 nights
Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20km south of Lake Inari. Get out of town with these interesting Ivalo side-trips: Inari (Inari Reindeer Farm, Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, &more).

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ivalo trip maker.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Ivalo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect little chillier with lows of -17°C in Ivalo. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Ivalo

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29: