21 days in Lapland Itinerary

21 days in Lapland Itinerary

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21 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Levi
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
4
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Salla
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Luosto
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Sydney

6
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Appreciate the collections at Christmas House Santa and Korundi House of Culture. Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa's House of Snowmobiles and German Soldier s Cemetery. Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Ski Resort Ritavalkea in Pello, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, have fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and admire the sheer force of Auttikongas.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi journey planner.

Sydney, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 8 hours. In December, Rovaniemi is cooler than Sydney - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trip

Ski Resort Ritavalkea
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa
Korundi House of Culture ©
Korundi House of Culture

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Konijanka Petting Zoo, steep yourself in history at Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins, and then examine the collection at Muonion Kotiseutumuseo.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Akaslompolo, with lows around -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Muonio, Yllas Ski Resort
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Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Safaris
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

3
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elan Ski Shop & Rental and Kid's Land. Kids will enjoy Inghams Mini Husky Experience and Levi Huskypark. Step out of Levi with an excursion to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Kittila--about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi.

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Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Levi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Theme Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Kittila, Levi Huskypark
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Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Gold Prospector Museum and Urho Kekkonen National Park. Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Saariselka to go to Inari and see The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, which is approximately 1h 05 min away.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Saariselka trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Salla.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Theme Parks, #Shopping, #Tours

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
night
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. On the 11th (Fri), hit the slopes at Salla Ski Resort, steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then brush up on your military savvy at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Salla road trip planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Salla by car takes about 3.5 hours. In January in Salla, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Luosto.

Things to do in Salla

#Winter Sports, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

2
nights
Luosto

Luosto ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Museum - Gallery Alariesto, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Luosto itinerary tool .

You can drive from Salla to Luosto in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Luosto are -13°C, while nighttime lows are -22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Luosto

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Sodankyla, Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

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