16 days in Lapland Itinerary

16 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland trip planner

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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 5 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Change things up with a short trip to Ranua Zoo in Ranua (about 1 hour away). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, engage your brain at Science Centre Pilke, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, and stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi day trip website.

Strasbourg, France to Rovaniemi is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Strasbourg to Rovaniemi is 1 hour. In December, Rovaniemi is much colder than Strasbourg - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 22:

Saariselka

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (Tuula's Reindeer, Otsamo Fell, &more). Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, and examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in December since evenings lows in Saariselka dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:

Levi

— 5 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Safartica Yllas (in Yllasjarvi) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). Spend the 28th (Wed) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's much more to do: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, and look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

Plan my trip to Levi with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.