8 days in Helsinki, Inari & Rovaniemi Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Inari & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki, Inari & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  14​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Inari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Mumbai

3
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.
Visiting Nuuksio National Park and King's Road will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki route planner .

Mumbai, India to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Mumbai to Helsinki, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Mumbai in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, King's Road
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
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 3rd (Fri): trek along Juutua Nature Trail, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Inari trip planner .

You can fly from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in January; daily highs in Inari reach -11°C and lows reach -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle. On the next day, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi itinerary planning website .

Getting from Inari to Rovaniemi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. January in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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