11 days in Lapland, Oulu & Kajaani Itinerary

11 days in Lapland, Oulu & Kajaani Itinerary

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11 days in Lapland, Oulu & Kajaani Itinerary

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

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 30th (Tue), Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. 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, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi vacation builder site .

San Diego, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Diego to Rovaniemi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Diego in July: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 67°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Oulu Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): get curious at Tietomaa and then stroll around Hupisaaret Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Oulu road trip site .

San Diego, USA to Oulu is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Diego to Oulu due to the time zone difference. In July, Oulu is slightly colder than San Diego - with highs of 68°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Safaris
Oulu Cathedral ©
Oulu Cathedral

1
night
Kajaani

Kajaani ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): enjoy some friendly competition at Vuokatti Bowling, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paltaniemi Church, and then explore the historical opulence of Kajaani Castle ruins.

To find reviews and other tourist information, use the Kajaani trip planner .

You can drive from Oulu to Kajaani in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Kajaani are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kajaani

Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Visiting Urho Kekkonen National Park and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort will get you outdoors. Step out of Saariselka with an excursion to Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center in Inari--about 1h 05 min away.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Saariselka online day trip planner .

Getting from Kajaani to Saariselka by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly. August in Saariselka sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

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

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