11 days in Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Lapland Itinerary

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11 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Dayton
Fly:  21 h 45 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
3
Saariselka
— 4 nights
Fly:  23 h 15 min
End: Dayton

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Rovaniemi Church and German Soldier s Cemetery. Get a sense of the local culture at Arktikum and Christmas House Santa. Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Ranua Zoo in Ranua--about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, make a trip to Lordi's Square, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and see Santa Claus Office.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip site .

Dayton, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from Dayton to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dayton in December, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 22°F by day to 11°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and then glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and then whizz through the canopy at Levi Ski Resort.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi trip maker tool .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Levi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 8°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

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Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Taatsin seita will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Step out of Saariselka with an excursion to Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church in Inari--about 1h 10 min away.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip planner.

You can fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach 21°F, while at night they dip to 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum, Taatsin seita
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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