11 days in Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 1 night
Fly
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Inari
— 1 night
Drive
5
Luosto
— 4 nights
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Drive to Rovaniemi Airport, Fly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Drive to Washington DC

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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 23rd (Sun), look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi sightseeing planner.

Washington DC, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 22°F and lows reach 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Akaslompolo

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop and then stroll through Yllas Ski Resort.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Akaslompolo tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°F, and evening lows to 9°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 26th (Wed), gear up at Levi Ski Resort.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Levi visit planner.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Levi by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°F in December, and nighttime lows around 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Trails · Winter Sports · Adventure · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
Highlights from your trip

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the venue of The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Inari trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Inari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°F in December, and nighttime lows around 6°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Luosto.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Luosto

— 4 nights
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Get a sense of the local culture at Paikanselan Taistelualue and Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction. Visiting Pyha-Luosto National Park and Ski Resort Suomutunturi will get you outdoors. There's more to do: go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Luosto journey site.

You can drive from Inari to Luosto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Luosto, expect temperatures between 19°F during the day and 6°F at night. You will leave for home on the 31st (Mon).

Things to do in Luosto

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

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.