12 days in Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tankavaara
— 1 night
Drive
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Inari
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Cape Town

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Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Arktikum. Escape the urban bustle at Photography Tours and Korouoma Canyon. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, and explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Rovaniemi is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town in October, things will get cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around 3°C and lows about -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Pyhatunturi

— 2 nights
On the 10th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): get out on two wheels at Luosto Adventures and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Pyhatunturi day trip website.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in October, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tankavaara.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

Tankavaara

— 1 night
On the 12th (Tue), examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tankavaara road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Tankavaara takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -2°C. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tankavaara

Museums
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Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings and tourist information, read Inari trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Tankavaara to Inari in 1.5 hours. October in Inari sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wingrens Dogsafaris and then admire the masterpieces at Sarestoniemi Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Levi travel planner.

Traveling by car from Inari to Levi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. October in Levi sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:

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.