13 days in Lapland Itinerary

13 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Rovaniemi Airport, Drive to Pyhatunturi
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Pyhatunturi
— 1 day
Drive
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Salla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport, Drive to Newark

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Pyhatunturi

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Pyhatunturi online road trip planner.

Newark, USA to Pyhatunturi is an approximately 18-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Pyhatunturi due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Newark in December, with highs in Pyhatunturi at 19°F and lows at 6°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Salla.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature
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Salla

Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. On the 23rd (Sun), stroll through Ski Resort Suomutunturi. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Salla Ski Resort, then get engrossed in the history at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, and then steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue.

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

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Salla in 2 hours. In December in Salla, expect temperatures between 20°F during the day and 7°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Salla

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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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.
On the 25th (Tue), fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Saariselka trip maker.

Traveling by car from Salla to Saariselka takes 4 hours. December in Saariselka sees daily highs of 21°F and lows of 6°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Levi

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at G2 ICEKARTING, stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, then view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally enjoy some diversion at Kids' Land. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Levi Ski Resort.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi itinerary planner.

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°F in December, and nighttime lows around 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails
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Akaslompolo

Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and then contemplate the long history of Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Akaslompolo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are 23°F, while nighttime lows are 9°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi journey planning tool.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 22°F during the day and 11°F at night. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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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.