12 days in Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Lapland Itinerary

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12 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Tallinn
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Salla
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Tallinn

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Attractions like Santa Claus Village and Snowman World Igloo Hotel make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Feelapland and Syvasenvaara Fell. And it doesn't end there: see Santa Claus Office, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi travel planner .

Tallinn, Estonia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tallinn in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Fun & Games Theme Parks
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and then contemplate the long history of Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Akaslompolo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Akaslompolo can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

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

3
nights
Levi

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Bring the kids along to Kid's Land and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and G2 Ice Karting Levi. On the 31st (Mon), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, go for a walk through Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi, and make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Levi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Safaris
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

1
night
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction and then hit the slopes at Salla Ski Resort.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Salla road trip site .

Drive from Levi to Salla in 3.5 hours. In January in Salla, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Salla

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then trek along Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka visit site .

Traveling by car from Salla to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Saariselka are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

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