8 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Ivalo Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Ivalo Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ivalo
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, get to know the resident critters at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning website.

Riga, Latvia to Helsinki is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Riga in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Helsinki, with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi tour itinerary builder site.

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in October: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 3°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ivalo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:

Ivalo

— 2 nights
Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20km south of Lake Inari. On the 15th (Fri), examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ivalo online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Ivalo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. October in Ivalo sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C at night. You will leave for home on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Ivalo

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16: