12 days in Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  26 h
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Kemi
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
4
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly:  32 h
End: Sydney

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 27th (Thu), 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. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi holiday builder tool.

Sydney, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 27- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Rovaniemi is minus 8 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Museums
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Safaris
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): admire the striking features of Kemi Church, then stop by Sampo Icebreaker, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kemi trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Kemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kemi are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Kemi

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tornio Church
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Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church
Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker

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.
When in Levi, make a side trip to see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila, approximately Kittila away. Spend the 30th (Sun) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, hit the slopes at Kids' Land, and identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi road trip tool.

Getting from Kemi to Levi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kemi in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of -15°C in Levi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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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.
When in Saariselka, make a side trip to see Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center in Inari, approximately Inari away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, enjoy some friendly competition at Saariselka Bowling, get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, and look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find out how to plan a trip to Saariselka, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors 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
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

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