12 days in Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Train to Dorval, Bus to Montreal, Fly to Rovaniemi
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Kemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Kittila
— 1 night
Drive
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Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inari
— 4 nights
Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport

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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 21st (Tue), stop by Your Piece Of Finland, see the top attractions with Feelapland, and then browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, then stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell.

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

Ottawa, Canada to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Ottawa to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Ottawa in May: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 12°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

Kemi

— 1 night
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kemi Church, then visit Icebreaker Sampo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kemi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Kemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in May, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Kittila.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 23:

Kittila

— 1 night
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then shop like a local with Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and then experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Kittila trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Kemi to Kittila takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Kittila are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Muonio.

Things to do in Kittila

Shopping · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 23 — 24:

Muonio

— 2 nights
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. On the 25th (Sat), head outdoors with Seven Fells Up. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see more things to do and tourist information, use the Muonio trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Kittila to Muonio in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in May, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Muonio

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

Inari

— 4 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Gold Prospector Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Inari side-trips: Saariselka (Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, Urho Kekkonen National Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Tuula's Reindeer, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, head outdoors with Lake Inari, and tour or see a show at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Inari trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Muonio to Inari in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 30:

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.