13 days in Lapland Itinerary

13 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland journey planner

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Fly to Kittilä Airport, Drive to Akaslompolo
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Akaslompolo
— 1 day
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Salla
— 1 night
Drive
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Luosto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly

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Akaslompolo

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Akaslompolo route planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Akaslompolo is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Akaslompolo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Riyadh in December, things will get colder in Akaslompolo: highs are around -5°C and lows about -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 23rd (Sun), fly down the slopes at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and then fly down the slopes at Kids' Land.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Levi trip planning site.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Levi in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Saariselka sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Salla.

Things to do in Saariselka

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Salla

— 1 night
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, then contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then fly down the slopes at Salla Ski Resort.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Salla visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Salla takes 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Luosto.

Things to do in Salla

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Luosto

— 2 nights
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland, take in the exciting artwork at Museum - Gallery Alariesto, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Luosto trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Salla to Luosto takes 2 hours. In December in Luosto, expect temperatures between -8°C during the day and -17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Luosto

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Safaris and Arktikum. Explore hidden gems such as Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy and Snowman World Igloo Hotel. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut, and see Santa Claus Office.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Luosto to Rovaniemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:

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.