8 days in Rovaniemi, Inari & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Rovaniemi, Inari & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 3rd (Sun), look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, thensee Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online travel planner.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from London in February, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 6th (Wed), get outside with Lake Inari and then get great views at Otsamo Fell.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Inari trip builder site.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Inari by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Inari when traveling from Rovaniemi in February, with lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors
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Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Head to Old Market Hall and Marimekko Oyjfor some retail therapy. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Lahti to see Sibelius Hall about 1h 30 min away. Pack the 10th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Inari to Helsinki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Inari - with highs of 0°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Flamingo Entertainment Center, Sibelius Hall
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
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Helsinki Cathedral

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