14 days in Lapland Itinerary

14 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Rovaniemi Airport, Drive to Luosto
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Luosto
— 1 night
Drive
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Salla
— 1 night
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly

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Luosto

— 1 night
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 2nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park. Keep things going the next day: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland, take in the exciting artwork at Museum - Gallery Alariesto, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Luosto day trip planning site.

Washington DC, USA to Luosto is an approximately 20-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect Luosto to be colder, temps between 19°F and 6°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Salla.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:

Salla

— 1 night
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then stroll through Salla Ski Resort.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Salla trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Luosto to Salla takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Salla are 20°F, while nighttime lows are 7°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Salla

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:

Saariselka

— 3 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Visit Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gold Prospector Museum and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Step out of Saariselka with an excursion to Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center in Inari--about 58 minutes away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's more to do: find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Saariselka road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Salla to Saariselka in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 21°F, and evening lows to 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get in touch with nature at Levi Ski Resort and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Get some cultural insight at Samiland and LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery. Step out of Levi to go to Kittila and see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, which is approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: have fun at Kids' Land, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi tour planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Christmas House Santa. Visiting Safaris and Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture, and take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:

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.