12 days in Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Luosto
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Salla
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from the city and head to Syvasenvaara Fell and Auttikongas. Explore hidden gems such as Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy and Snowman World Igloo Hotel. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, and get engrossed in the history at Forestry Museum of Lapland.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi planning website.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Rovaniemi. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Safaris
Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas

1
night
Luosto

Luosto ©
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 29th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Luosto online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Luosto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Luosto, with lows of -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Salla.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park

1
night
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction and then stroll through Salla Ski Resort.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Salla day trip website.

Traveling by car from Luosto to Salla takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Salla

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort
Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction ©
Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Saariselka travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Salla to Saariselka takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo trip builder.

You can drive from Saariselka to Akaslompolo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Akaslompolo can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Levi Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Safaris
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

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