11 days in Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland vacation planner

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Fly to Rovaniemi Airport, Drive to Pyhatunturi
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Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Pyhatunturi

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): stroll through Kopara Reindeer Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Pyhatunturi trip itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Pyhatunturi is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. In June, Pyhatunturi is cooler than Tel Aviv - with highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Saariselka

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Gold Prospector Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Urho Kekkonen National Park and Lake Inari. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Inari (Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, &more) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Ivalo). It doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka road trip planner.

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Saariselka in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Saariselka are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 6:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at German Soldier s Cemetery and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. Take a break from the city and head to Syvasenvaara Fell and Safaris. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and see Santa Claus Office.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Rovaniemi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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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.