14 days in Lapland Itinerary

14 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Bus to Rovaniemi, Fly to New York JFK



— 7 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Family-friendly places like SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Ranua Zoo will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Ski Resort Ritavalkea (in Pello) and Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda (in Tornio). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, wander the wide-open spaces of Napapiirin Porofarmi, and pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi tour builder tool.

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 22°F and lows reach 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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— 2 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.
On the 27th (Mon), stroll through Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the wide-open spaces of Saariselka Reindeer Farm, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Saariselka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 6°F in Saariselka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

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— 4 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Bring the kids along to Levi Ski Resort and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Kids' Land, look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Levi trip itinerary site.

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of 22°F and lows of 8°F at night. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Lapland travel guide

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.