14 days in Lapland Itinerary

14 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 5 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rovaniemi Church and Maupertuis Memorial. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Arktikum and Santa Claus Village. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto), Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction (in Salla) and Ranua Zoo (in Ranua). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi vacation maker tool.

Atlanta, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Atlanta in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at 22°F and lows at 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Kids will appreciate attractions like Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Angry Birds Activity Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church & The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Saariselka road trip planning website.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect little chillier with lows of 6°F in Saariselka. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Levi

— 5 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get some historical perspective at Church of Sodankyla and Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins. Get some cultural insight at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and Ounasjoki - River for activities. Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila), Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Safaris (in Akaslompolo). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Levi Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Kids' Land, and join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Levi road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°F in December, and nighttime lows around 8°F. On the 4th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:

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.