12 days in Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  20 h 15 min
1
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Salla
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Newark

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo road trip planner.

Newark, USA to Akaslompolo is an approximately 19.5- hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Akaslompolo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in December, expect Akaslompolo to be much colder, temps between 23°F and 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Sarestoniemi Museum, then have some family-friendly fun at G2 ICEKARTING, then view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally have fun at Kids' Land. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with Levi Ski Resort.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary builder tool.

Take a bus from Akaslompolo to Levi in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Levi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 8°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Sarestoniemi Museum
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Sarestoniemi Museum ©
Sarestoniemi Museum
G2 ICEKARTING ©
G2 ICEKARTING

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Explore hidden gems such as Gold Prospector Museum and Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Go for a jaunt from Saariselka to Inari to see Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center about 1 hour away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. There's still lots to do: perfect your strike at Saariselka Bowling and pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Saariselka trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Levi to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°F in December, and nighttime lows around 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
night
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. On the 30th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue and then take an in-depth tour of Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

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

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Salla takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°F in December, and nighttime lows around 7°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Salla

Museums Historic Sites
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Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction ©
Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction
Paikanselan Taistelualue ©
Paikanselan Taistelualue

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 31st (Mon), find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Your Piece Of Finland, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and finally get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Salla to Rovaniemi takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°F, and evening lows to 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Tours
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Safaris
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

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