12 days in Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland sightseeing planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Sao Paulo

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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kids will enjoy Ranua Zoo and Arktikum. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, and stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planning tool.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Rovaniemi is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 5 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in January, things will get colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -10°C and lows about -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:

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.
Kids will enjoy Icekarting Levi and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Seven Fells Up in Akaslompolo, about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 13th (Thu) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

Before you visit Levi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Levi, with lows around -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Saariselka

— 3 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Family-friendly places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Urho Kekkonen National Park will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Saariselka: Inari (The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos & Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center). Next up on the itinerary: get all the equipment you need at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka journey planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

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.