13 days in Lapland Itinerary

13 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
3
Levi
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Amsterdam

4
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Luosto to see Amethyst Mine Lapland about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see Santa Claus Office, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, and stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planning website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Amsterdam in January, expect Rovaniemi to be colder, temps between -10°C and -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Amethyst Mine Lapland
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Safaris
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Inari (Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, Juutua Nature Trail, &more). There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka road trip site.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Saariselka, with lows of -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at Levi Ski Resort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort, get great views at Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi, and join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Levi visit planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Levi, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -21°C at night. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, Yllas Ski Resort, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

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