13 days in Lapland Itinerary

13 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland vacation planner

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Make it your trip
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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 Napapiirin Porofarmi. Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Syvasenvaara Fell. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, get advice or help at Rovaniemi City Library, and stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi day trip planning website.

Wellington, New Zealand to Rovaniemi is an approximately 34-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Wellington to Rovaniemi is minus 10 hours. In January, Rovaniemi is much colder than Wellington - with highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive 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 · Winter Sports · 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 Gold Prospector Museum. Step out of Inari to go to Saariselka and see Saariselka Reindeer Farm, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, and experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Inari trip itinerary builder app.

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

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

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.