12 days in Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Lapland Itinerary

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12 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  25​h
1
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Phoenix


1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 27th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and then contemplate the long history of Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Akaslompolo day trip tool .

Phoenix, USA to Akaslompolo is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Phoenix to Akaslompolo. Traveling from Phoenix in December, expect Akaslompolo to be cooler, temps between 23°F and 9°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Muonio, Yllas Ski Resort
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Snow Village, explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, then don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally get your game on at Kid's Land.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Levi road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Levi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Trails Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Inari (The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos & Siida). On the 31st (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°F in December, and nighttime lows around 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Inari
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida ©
Siida

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 3rd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

Plan trip to Rovaniemi with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 16°F, while at night they dip to 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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