11 days in Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland travel route planner

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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Guatemala City

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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Ranua Zoo in Ranua, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, get curious at Science Centre Pilke, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

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Guatemala City, Guatemala to Rovaniemi is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Guatemala City to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Guatemala City in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Saariselka travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Saariselka, with lows of -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

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Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Safartica Yllas (in Yllasjarvi). Spend the 17th (Fri) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and get all the equipment you need at Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.