9 days in Helsinki Region, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki Region, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki Region, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
3
Inari
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  34​h
End: Sydney

1
night
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 22nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Senate Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, and finally get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Helsinki online tour itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On your second day here, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in October, with highs in Rovaniemi at 3°C and lows at -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, then head outdoors with Lake Inari, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then hike along Juutua Nature Trail, and then admire all the interesting features of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Inari trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Museums Parks
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Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©

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