13 days in Lapland Itinerary

13 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland trip planner

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Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Inari
— 3 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 4 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Houston

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Angry Birds Park and Syvasenvaara Fell. Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Pyha-Luosto National Park in Pyhatunturi--about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, and get your bearings at Rovaniemi City Library.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi attractions planning website.

Houston, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Houston in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 22°F and lows reach 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Fun & Games

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Inari

— 3 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Step off the beaten path and head to Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Hippupuoti Gift Shop (in Saariselka) and Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara). There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Inari trip maker tool.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Inari, with lows of 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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Levi

— 4 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Giewont Husky Adventures and Sarestoniemi Museum. Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins (in Muonio), Church of Sodankyla (in Sodankyla) and Akaslompolo Sportshop (in Akaslompolo). And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities, and get engrossed in the history at Samiland.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Inari to Levi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between 22°F during the day and 8°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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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.