12 days in Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland vacation planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Kuusamo Airport, Drive to Salla
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Salla
— 1 day
Drive
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Luosto
— 1 night
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly

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Salla

— 1 day
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): fly down the slopes at Salla Ski Resort, then take an in-depth tour of Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, and then contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Salla visit planning site.

Toronto, Canada to Salla is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Toronto to Salla, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in January, things will get little chillier in Salla: highs are around -11°C and lows about -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Salla

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

Luosto

— 1 night
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kopara Reindeer Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Luosto trip tool.

You can drive from Salla to Luosto in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Luosto are -13°C, while nighttime lows are -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

Saariselka

— 2 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.
On the 3rd (Fri), gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, trek along Urho Kekkonen National Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Saariselka Bowling.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip planner.

Getting from Luosto to Saariselka by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Saariselka, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Levi

— 2 nights
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 5th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. On the next day, get your game on at G2 ICEKARTING, stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, admire the masterpieces at Sarestoniemi Museum, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts Einari Junttila, and finally don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi online vacation planner.

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Levi to Akaslompolo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Kemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Kemi

— 1 night
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), then admire the landmark architecture of Kemi Church, then visit Icebreaker Sampo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kemi trip planner.

Drive from Akaslompolo to Kemi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, expect Kemi to be somewhat warmer, temps between -7°C and -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, see the top attractions with Feelapland, and then stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip app.

Traveling by car from Kemi to Rovaniemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -10°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

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.