15 days in Lapland Itinerary

15 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Paris
Fly + Drive:  13 h
1
Luosto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Salla
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: Paris

2
nights
Luosto

Luosto ©
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 9th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla, get a taste of the local shopping with Museum - Gallery Alariesto, and then go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Luosto day trip planning tool.

Paris, France to Luosto is an approximately 13- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paris to Luosto. Traveling from Paris in December, expect Luosto to be much colder, temps between -8°C and -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Salla.

Things to do in Luosto

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sodankyla, Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

2
nights
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): stroll through Salla Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue and then get engrossed in the history at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Salla sightseeing website.

Getting from Luosto to Salla by car takes about 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Salla

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort
Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction ©
Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction
Paikanselan Taistelualue ©
Paikanselan Taistelualue

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Get a sense of the local culture at Gold Prospector Museum and Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Change things up with a short trip to Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church in Inari (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Salla to Saariselka takes 4 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 16th (Sun), hit the slopes at Kids' Land, then look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts Einari Junttila, explore the world behind art at Sarestoniemi Museum, and then look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Akaslompolo tour planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Akaslompolo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Levi, Sarestoniemi Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Einari Junttila, Yllas Ski Resort
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Sarestoniemi Museum ©
Sarestoniemi Museum
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

5
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get some cultural insight at Arktikum and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. Explore hidden gems such as Rovaniemi Local History Museum and German Soldier s Cemetery. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Kemi (Sampo Icebreaker & Kemi Church) and Tornio Church (in Tornio). The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko, see Santa Claus Office, and examine the collection at Christmas House Santa.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kemi, Tornio Church
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Safaris
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Rovaniemi Local History Museum ©
Rovaniemi Local History Museum

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