12 days in Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland attractions planner

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Fly to Rovaniemi Airport, Drive to Pyhatunturi
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Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
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Inari
— 4 nights
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Pyhatunturi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pyhatunturi trip planning website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Pyhatunturi is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. When traveling from Johannesburg in September, plan for much colder days in Pyhatunturi, with highs around 14°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:

Inari

— 4 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Step off the beaten path and head to Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visiting Urho Kekkonen National Park and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort will get you outdoors. Take a break from Inari with a short trip to Gold Prospector Museum in Tankavaara, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, head outdoors with Lake Inari, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Inari trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Pyhatunturi to Inari in 3.5 hours. In September in Inari, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:

Akaslompolo

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo driving holiday planner.

Getting from Inari to Akaslompolo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get outdoors at Auttikongas and Feelapland. Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Arktikum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum, and look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.