15 days in Lapland Itinerary

15 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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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Salla
— 3 nights
Drive to Kuusamo Airport, Fly to Ottawa

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Korundi House of Culture and Marttiini Store Old Factory. Forestry Museum of Lapland and Pentik Hill are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery) (in Kemi) and Museum - Gallery Alariesto (in Sodankyla). The adventure continues: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, get curious at Science Centre Pilke, and make a trip to Lordi's Square.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Rovaniemi is 7 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ottawa in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Adventure · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:

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.
Samiland and Church of Sodankyla are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm and Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm. Change things up with a short trip to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park in Muonio (about 58 minutes away). There's lots more to do: get your game on at Kids' Land, browse the exhibits of LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Levi trip planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka Bowling. Get a sense of the local culture at Gold Prospector Museum and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saariselka: Inari (Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, &more). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop and get all the equipment you need at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Saariselka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Saariselka are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:

Salla

— 3 nights
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue, then take an in-depth tour of Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, and then fly down the slopes at Salla Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Joutsijarven Bunkkerit and then ski along the peaceful trails at Ski Resort Suomutunturi.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Salla online road trip planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Salla by car takes about 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -16°C. On the 15th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Salla

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

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.