12 days in Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Train to Dorval, Bus to Montreal, Fly to Rovaniemi
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Kemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Inari
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 3 nights
Drive to Rovaniemi Airport, Fly to Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport

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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

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 21st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Your Piece Of Finland, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi route website.

Ottawa, Canada to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Ottawa to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in May, things will get slightly colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around 12°C and lows about 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

Kemi

— 1 night
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 23rd (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), admire the striking features of Kemi Church, then stop by Icebreaker Sampo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kemi vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Kemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. 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

Find places to stay May 22 — 23:

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.
On the 24th (Fri), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary 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 in Levi, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 23 — 25:

Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 26th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, and then get outside with Lake Inari.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Inari trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Levi to Inari by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Inari, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:

Pyhatunturi

— 3 nights
On the 28th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Museum - Gallery Alariesto and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Pyhatunturi road trip planning website.

Getting from Inari to Pyhatunturi by car takes about 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Pyhatunturi can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 27 — 30:

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.