11 days in Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Luosto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Karesuvanto
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Levi
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  21 h 15 min
End: New York City

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see Santa Claus Office, then get your game on at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Rovaniemi. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at 22°F and lows at 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Safaris
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

2
nights
Luosto

Luosto ©
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla, then view the masterpieces at Museum - Gallery Alariesto, and then go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Luosto holiday planning website.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Luosto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Luosto, with lows around 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Luosto

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Sodankyla, Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 27th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Inari trip planner.

Drive from Luosto to Inari in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Inari, expect temperatures between 21°F during the day and 6°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Karesuvanto.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park

1
night
Karesuvanto

Karesuvanto
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Jarama WWII Fortification Camp.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Karesuvanto sightseeing site.

Traveling by car from Inari to Karesuvanto takes 4.5 hours. December in Karesuvanto sees daily highs of 21°F and lows of 6°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Levi.

Things to do in Karesuvanto

Historic Sites
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2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then get a taste of the local shopping with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally have fun at Kids' Land.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Levi road trip planning tool.

Getting from Karesuvanto to Levi by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Levi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 8°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

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