14 days in Lapland & Tampere Itinerary

14 days in Lapland & Tampere Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Train
2
Kemi
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kittila
— 1 night
Fly
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
5
Inari
— 1 night
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
6
Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Akaslompolo
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Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive
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Salla
— 3 nights
Drive to Kuusamo Airport, Fly to Knoxville

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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Wild About Lapland has been added to your itinerary. On the 16th (Mon), make a trip to Lordi's Square, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Wild About Lapland.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi itinerary builder site.

Knoxville, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. In December, Rovaniemi is colder than Knoxville - with highs of 22°F and lows of 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nightlife
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Kemi

— 1 night
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 17th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church, then visit Icebreaker Sampo, then explore the world behind art at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kemi Church.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kemi online vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Kemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°F, and evening lows to 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kittila.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

Kittila

— 1 night
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kittila visit app.

Traveling by car from Kemi to Kittila takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kemi in December since evenings lows in Kittila dip to 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kittila

Parks · Adventure · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:
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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.
On the 19th (Thu), fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Kittila to Saariselka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 21°F, and evening lows to 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Inari.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get great views at Otsamo Fell.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Inari route tool.

You can drive from Saariselka to Inari in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 21°F, and evening lows to 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 22nd (Sun), stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, then stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then contemplate the long history of Hameensilta.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere day trip planning tool.

Getting from Inari to Tampere by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Inari in December: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 31°F and lows are around 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

Akaslompolo

— 1 night
On the 23rd (Mon), look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, then examine the collection at Muonion Kotiseutumuseo, and finally contemplate the long history of Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins.

Plan my day in Akaslompolo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Tampere to Akaslompolo by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tampere in December; daily highs in Akaslompolo reach 23°F and lows reach 9°F. You'll set off for Salla on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Salla

— 3 nights
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. On the 25th (Wed), explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids and then hit the slopes at Salla Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Salla vacation planner.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Salla in 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Salla are 20°F, while nighttime lows are 7°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Salla

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

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.