12 days in Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Lapland Itinerary

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12 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+2
train + bus + Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kemi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Kittila
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Inari
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  24​h
End: Ottawa

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, then catch some excitement at Feelapland, then browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, and finally take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip builder .

Ottawa, Canada to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ottawa in May, with highs in Rovaniemi at 12°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Nature
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Feelapland ©
Feelapland
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery
Rovaniemi City Library ©
Rovaniemi City Library

1
night
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Kick 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, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kemi trip site .

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Kemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Kemi can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Kittila.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tornio Church
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Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker
Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church

1
night
Kittila

Kittila ©
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): don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then get all the equipment you need at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and finally experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kittila tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Kemi to Kittila in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kittila can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Kittila

Outdoors Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Levi
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Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

2
nights
Muonio

Muonio ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): head outdoors with Scandinavian Adventures and then get outside with Seven Fells Up. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): trek along Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Muonio online travel route planner .

Drive from Kittila to Muonio in an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Muonio

Outdoors Trails Winter Sports

Side Trip

Akaslompolo
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Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Scandinavian Adventures ©
Scandinavian Adventures

4
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Explore hidden gems such as Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inari: Saariselka (Urho Kekkonen National Park & Hippupuoti Gift Shop) and Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara).

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Inari tour planner .

Traveling by car from Muonio to Inari takes 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Saariselka, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

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