15 days in Lapland Itinerary

15 days in Lapland Itinerary

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15 days in Lapland Itinerary

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla, then take in the exciting artwork at Museum - Gallery Alariesto, and then admire all the interesting features of Amethyst Mine Lapland. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Luosto trip planning tool .

Paris, France to Luosto is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Paris in December: high temperatures in Luosto hover around -8°C and lows are around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks Nature 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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): hit the slopes at Salla Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue and then learn about all things military at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Salla trip planner.

Traveling by car from Luosto to Salla takes 2 hours. In December in Salla, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Salla

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Get some historical perspective at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gold Prospector Museum and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Step out of Saariselka to go to Inari and see Siida, which is approximately 1h 05 min away.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Saariselka road trip planning website .

You can drive from Salla to Saariselka in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Museums Theme Parks Fun & Games

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 ©

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 16th (Sun), have fun at Kid's Land, experience rural life 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: explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts Einari Junttila, then see the interesting displays at The Sarestoniemi Museum, and then look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Akaslompolo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Akaslompolo, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Levi, Kittila, Yllas Ski Resort
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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.
Arktikum and Christmas House Santa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Rovaniemi Church and Korundi House of Culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Kemi (Sampo Icebreaker & Kemi Church) and Tornio Church (in Tornio). There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, and get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kemi
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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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