15 days in Lapland Itinerary

15 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Luosto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inari
— 2 nights
Drive
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Enontekio
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 1 night
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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. Get a sense of the local culture at Arktikum and Christmas House Santa. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, have some family-friendly fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and catch a live event at Lappi Areena.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi tour planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Rovaniemi is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 10 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Auckland in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Luosto

— 2 nights
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 24th (Mon): 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 25th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Luosto online trip builder.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Luosto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Luosto, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take in the pleasant sights at Otsamo Fell. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Inari road trip website.

Getting from Luosto to Inari by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Inari are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Enontekio.

Things to do in Inari

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Enontekio

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Enontekio Church and then don't miss a visit to Jyppyra lookout. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Jarama WWII Fortification Camp and then don't miss a visit to Pyhakero.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Enontekio planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Inari to Enontekio. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Enontekio

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 30th (Sun), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then get a taste of the local shopping with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally stroll through Kids' Land.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Levi driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Enontekio to Levi with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Akaslompolo

— 1 night
On the 1st (Tue), look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo vacation maker.

You can drive from Levi to Akaslompolo in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

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.