11 days in Lapland, Oulu & Kajaani Itinerary

11 days in Lapland, Oulu & Kajaani Itinerary

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Start: San Diego
Fly:  19 h 45 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Kajaani
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
4
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: San Diego

3
nights
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 30th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, thenidentify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. On your second day here, find something for the whole family 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 reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

San Diego, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Diego to Rovaniemi. Traveling from San Diego in July, things will get little chillier in Rovaniemi: highs are around 67°F and lows about 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Safaris
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus

1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 1st (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach and then admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): get curious at Tietomaa and then walk around Hupisaaret Park.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Oulu trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Oulu, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Tietomaa ©
Tietomaa
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park

1
night
Kajaani

Kajaani ©
Kajaani is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): perfect your strike at Vuokatti Bowling, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Paltaniemi Church, and then explore the historical opulence of Kajaani Castle ruins.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kajaani trip itinerary website.

Getting from Oulu to Kajaani by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in August, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kajaani

Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Vuokatti Bowling, Paltaniemi Church
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Kajaani Castle ruins ©
Kajaani Castle ruins
Vuokatti Bowling ©
Vuokatti Bowling
Paltaniemi Church ©
Paltaniemi Church

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Urho Kekkonen National Park and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Bring the kids along to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Angry Birds Activity Park. Go for a jaunt from Saariselka to Inari to see Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center about 56 minutes away.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kajaani to Saariselka by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

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