10 days in Rovaniemi, Inari & Kautokeino Itinerary

10 days in Rovaniemi, Inari & Kautokeino Itinerary

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Rovaniemi, Finland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Inari, Finland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kautokeino, Norway
— 2 nights
Drive

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Rovaniemi, Finland — 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Let the collections at Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Rovaniemi Local History Museum capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church of Sodankyla and Kemi Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Icebreaker Sampo (in Kemi) and Kopara Reindeer Park (in Luosto). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, get a taste of the local shopping with Marttiini Store Old Factory, catch all the local highlights with Feelapland, and look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi road trip planning app.

Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Inari.
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Inari, Finland — 4 nights

Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Gold Prospector Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Otsamo Fell and Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inari: Saariselka (Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort & Urho Kekkonen National Park). There's much more to do: experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm, examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and tour or see a show at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Inari driving holiday planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Inari by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Inari, with lows of -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Kautokeino.
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Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips

Kautokeino, Norway — 2 nights

or '' is a municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at RiddoDuottar Museum and then stop by Juhls' Silvergallery AS. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Samiway.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Kautokeino road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Inari to Kautokeino takes 3 hours. Traveling from Inari to Kautokeino, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kautokeino when traveling from Inari in January, with lows around -24°C. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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