11 days in Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

11 days in Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

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11 days in Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

Start: Rovaniemi
1
Rovaniemi
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
End: Rovaniemi

7
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi), Sampo Icebreaker (in Kemi) and Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning site .

In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sampo Icebreaker, Amethyst Mine Lapland, Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Siida and then take a stroll around The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Saariselka, with lows of -17°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

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

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