12 days in Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Lapland Itinerary

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12 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Salla
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Kilpisjarvi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Christmas House Santa and Korundi House of Culture. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online travel planner .

Washington DC, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect Rovaniemi to be colder, temps between 22°F and 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Nature
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

1
night
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): hit the slopes at Salla Ski Resort, then steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then brush up on your military savvy at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Salla trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Salla in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Salla can reach 20°F, while at night they dip to 7°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Salla

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and finally examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip maker app .

Drive from Salla to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°F in December, and nighttime lows around 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Kilpisjarvi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Gold Prospector Museum, Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Hippupuoti Gift Shop ©
Hippupuoti Gift Shop

1
night
Kilpisjarvi

Kilpisjarvi ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): make a trip to Saana.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kilpisjarvi trip tool .

Drive from Saariselka to Kilpisjarvi in 6 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Saariselka in December; daily highs in Kilpisjarvi reach 31°F and lows reach 20°F. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Akaslompolo.
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Saana ©
Saana

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kilpisjarvi to Akaslompolo takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kilpisjarvi to Akaslompolo is 1 hour. Traveling from Kilpisjarvi in December, things will get slightly colder in Akaslompolo: highs are around 23°F and lows about 9°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Yllas Ski Resort
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Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Levi Huskypark and Samiland. When in Levi, make a side trip to see Snow Village in Kittila, approximately 46 minutes away. On the 29th (Sat), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Levi online holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Levi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Adventure Trails Parks

Side Trips

Kittila, Levi Huskypark
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

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