13 days in Lapland Itinerary

13 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Fly to Kittilä Airport, Drive to Levi
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Levi
— 4 nights
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
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Levi

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Change things up with a short trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila (about 46 minutes away). Spend the 30th (Wed) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's much more to do: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, get a taste of the local shopping with Elan Ski Shop & Rental, take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wingrens Dogsafaris.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip planner.

Nuremberg, Germany to Levi is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nuremberg to Levi due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Nuremberg in December, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Levi: temperatures range from -6°C by day to -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Inari (Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus & Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center). There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and wander the wide-open spaces of Saariselka Reindeer Farm.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Saariselka sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Kopara Reindeer Park in Luosto--about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see Santa Claus Office, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, and see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa.

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You can drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -10°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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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.