12 days in Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Lapland Itinerary

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12 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly:  5​h
1
Salla
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Luosto
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Tankavaara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Inari
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
End: Helsinki

few
hours
Salla

Salla
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue and then see the interesting displays at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Salla trip builder website .

Helsinki to Salla is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in October, with highs in Salla at 3°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Luosto.

Things to do in Salla

Museums Nightlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:

1
night
Luosto

Luosto ©
On the 25th (Thu), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kopara Reindeer Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Luosto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salla to Luosto takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Luosto

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Safaris
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:
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Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Safaris

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore hidden gems such as Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. German Soldier s Cemetery and Rovaniemi Local History Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Tornio Golf (in Tornio) and Kemi Church (in Kemi). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, stop by Your Piece Of Finland, and see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi travel route planning website .

Traveling by car from Luosto to Rovaniemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kemi Church, Tornio Golf
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

2
nights
Akaslompolo

On the 30th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Ounasjoki - River for activities, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then have some family-friendly fun at G2 Ice Karting Levi. On the next day, get outside with Scandinavian Adventures and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tankavaara.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Ounasjoki - River for activities, Nature & Wildlife Tours, G2 Ice Karting Levi
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
G2 Ice Karting Levi ©
G2 Ice Karting Levi

1
night
Tankavaara

Tankavaara ©
On the 1st (Thu), stroll through Ruijanpolku Trail and then examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tankavaara online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Tankavaara takes 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Tankavaara can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tankavaara

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Ruijanpolku Trail
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 1:
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Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Siida and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Inari sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Tankavaara to Inari takes 1.5 hours. November in Inari sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Museums Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:
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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Siida ©
Siida

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