9 days in Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Lapland Itinerary

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9 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  7​h 45​min
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Salla
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Pelkosenniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Zurich

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in December, expect Rovaniemi to be a bit cooler, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports
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Safaris
Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa
Lumberjack's Candle Bridge ©
Lumberjack's Candle Bridge

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): make a trip to Snow Village, then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and then stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and then explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Akaslompolo route maker website .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Ice Karting Levi, Yllas Ski Resort
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Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park, then examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, and finally enjoy some diversion at Action Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Akaslompolo to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Saariselka, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Salla.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

1
night
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. On the 4th (Fri), learn about all things military at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then fly down the slopes at Salla Ski Resort.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Salla vacation maker app .

Drive from Saariselka to Salla in 4 hours. January in Salla sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Pelkosenniemi.

Things to do in Salla

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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

1
night
Pelkosenniemi

Pelkosenniemi ©
Pelkosenniemi is a municipality of Finland.Pelkosenniemi is located in the province of Lapland. On the 5th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pelkosenniemi online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Salla to Pelkosenniemi in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -13°C in January, and nighttime lows around -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pelkosenniemi

#Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Kopara Reindeer Park
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Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park

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