9 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Ivalo Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Ivalo Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Vallisaari. Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kaivopuisto. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town & Cathedral of Porvoo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, stroll around Sibelius Monument, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planning site.

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. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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.
Visiting Ranua Zoo and Hiidenkirnut will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Rovaniemi Church and Pilke Science Centre. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride 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. To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ivalo online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Ivalo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 21st (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ivalo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

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