9 days in Helsinki Region, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki Region, Rovaniemi & Inari Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

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Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Inari
— 1 night
Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Sydney

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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.
On the 22nd (Tue), make a trip to Senate Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, then admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip maker tool.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in October, with highs in Helsinki at 10°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 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.
Keep things going the next day: stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in October, expect Rovaniemi to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 26th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, then head outdoors with Lake Inari, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, stroll through Juutua Nature Trail, and then get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Inari trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Inari by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. October in Inari sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Museums · Trails · Parks
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