12 days in Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Lapland Itinerary

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12 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Salla
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Tankavaara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Inari
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Levi
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: New York City


1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 23rd (Sun), find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, catch some excitement at Feelapland, then stop by LAURI, and finally take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi tour itinerary maker website .

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from New York City to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at 22°F and lows at 11°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games Parks Trails
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

1
night
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Salla Ski Resort, then join in the after-dark buzz at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, and then contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue.

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

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Salla in 2 hours. In December in Salla, expect temperatures between 20°F during the day and 7°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Tankavaara.

Things to do in Salla

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

2
nights
Tankavaara

Tankavaara ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, have fun at Action Park, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tankavaara trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Salla to Tankavaara takes 3.5 hours. In December in Tankavaara, expect temperatures between 21°F during the day and 6°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tankavaara

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Saariselka
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Hippupuoti Gift Shop ©
Hippupuoti Gift Shop

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get advice or help at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, see the interesting displays at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. On your second day here, go for a walk through Otsamo Fell and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Inari trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Tankavaara to Inari in 1.5 hours. In December in Inari, expect temperatures between 21°F during the day and 6°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Tours Shopping
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Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Safaris and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Levi Ski Resort and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. There's more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land and don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 22°F, while at night they dip to 8°F. On the 2nd (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

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

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