12 days in Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Diego
Fly:  19 h 45 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  2 h 45 min
3
Inari
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  25 h
End: San Diego

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Korouoma Canyon and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church. Change things up with a short trip to Kopara Reindeer Park in Luosto (about 1h 35 min away). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, see Santa Claus Office, and don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip builder tool.

San Diego, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Diego to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect Rovaniemi to be little chillier, temps between 67°F and 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Kopara Reindeer Park, Korouoma Canyon
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Korouoma Canyon ©
Korouoma Canyon
Safaris
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

2
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.
On the 31st (Wed), explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Levi trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in July, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental

4
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gold Prospector Museum and Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Get outdoors at Juutua Nature Trail and Lake Inari. Change things up with these side-trips from Inari: Saariselka (Urho Kekkonen National Park & Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, experience rural life at Tuula's Reindeer, and wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To see maps and more tourist information, you can read our Inari route planning app.

Getting from Levi to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Inari sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Saariselka, Gold Prospector Museum
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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