10 days in Lapland Itinerary

10 days in Lapland Itinerary

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10 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Posio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Saariselka
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
4
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Washington DC


1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): enjoy some diversion at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, then see Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online road trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 22°F and lows are around 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Posio.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

2
nights
Posio

Posio ©
Posio is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Riisitunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ski along the peaceful trails at Ski Resort Suomutunturi.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Posio trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Posio in 2 hours. December in Posio sees daily highs of 20°F and lows of 7°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Posio

Parks Wildlife Winter Sports

Side Trip

Ski Resort Suomutunturi
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Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Saariselka online attractions planner .

You can drive from Posio to Saariselka in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°F in December, and nighttime lows around 6°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

1
night
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Levi online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°F in December, and nighttime lows around 8°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Trails Adventure
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On the next day, look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, then stroll through Yllas Ski Resort, and then steep yourself in history at Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo trip tool .

Getting from Levi to Akaslompolo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are 23°F, while nighttime lows are 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Muonio, Yllas Ski Resort
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

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