13 days in Lapland Itinerary

13 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland vacation planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inari
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yllasjarvi
— 2 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Wellington

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Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy and Syvasenvaara Fell. Get in touch with nature at Auttikongas and Napapiirin Porofarmi. Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, and have fun at Angry Birds Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Rovaniemi is an approximately 34-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Wellington to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Wellington in January: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -10°C and lows are around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:

Pyhatunturi

— 2 nights
On the 16th (Sun), hit the slopes at Pyhatunturi and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Pyhatunturi trip simple and quick.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi by car takes about 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Pyhatunturi when traveling from Rovaniemi in January, with lows around -22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:

Inari

— 3 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Explore hidden gems such as Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore Inari's surroundings by going to Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara) and Saariselka Reindeer Farm (in Saariselka). There's still lots to do: get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Inari road trip website.

Getting from Pyhatunturi to Inari by car takes about 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Inari can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Yllasjarvi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:

Yllasjarvi

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get a dose of the wild on Powerun Adventures and then stop by Jemes Sport.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yllasjarvi trip maker.

You can drive from Inari to Yllasjarvi in 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yllasjarvi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.