15 days in Lapland Itinerary

15 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Luosto
— 1 night
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Rovaniemi

— 6 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Ski Resort Ritavalkea (in Pello) and Ranua Zoo (in Ranua). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see Santa Claus Office, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi tour itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Rovaniemi is an approximately 22-hour flight. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 26:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Safartica Yllas (in Yllasjarvi). Spend the 27th (Mon) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's much more to do: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, hit the slopes at Kids' Land, stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Levi road trip app.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saariselka: Inari (Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus & Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, wander the wide-open spaces of Saariselka Reindeer Farm, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka holiday maker tool.

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Luosto.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park, then get a dose of the wild on Arctic Husky Farm, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Luosto visit planning tool.

You can drive from Saariselka to Luosto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. January in Luosto sees daily highs of -13°C and lows of -22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Luosto

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

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.