9 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Ivalo Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Ivalo Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mannerheim Museum and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Step out of the city life by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Vallisaari. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town & Cathedral of Porvoo). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, take a stroll through Katajanokka, and contemplate the long history of The Aalto House.

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Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Brussels in March: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 37°F and lows are around 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Ranua Zoo and Auttikongas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Rovaniemi Church. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, engage your brain at Science Centre Pilke, see Santa Claus Office, and see the interesting displays at Muonion Kotiseutumuseo.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi itinerary website.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of 30°F and lows of 17°F. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ivalo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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Ivalo

— 2 nights
Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20km south of Lake Inari. Plan a trip to Ivalo easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Ivalo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In March in Ivalo, expect temperatures between 29°F during the day and 13°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Ivalo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

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