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:  4​h
3
Levi
— 2 nights
4
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Pyhatunturi
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Ottawa

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi attractions planner .

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. Traveling from Ottawa in May, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between 12°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Safaris
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kemi Church, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kemi online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Kemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May in Kemi, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tornio Church
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Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church
Tornio Church ©
Tornio Church

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.
On the 24th (Fri), ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Levi attractions planning website .

Traveling by car from Kemi to Levi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Trails Winter Sports

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
On the 26th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then examine the collection at Siida, and then take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, and then head outdoors with Lake Inari.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Inari day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Levi to Inari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
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Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

3
nights
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Museum - Gallery Alariesto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Pyhatunturi travel route planning app .

You can drive from Inari to Pyhatunturi in 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Pyhatunturi can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sodankyla, Kopara Reindeer Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Safaris

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