16 days in Lapland Itinerary

16 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Christchurch
Fly + Drive:  33 h
1
Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Salla
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  32 h
End: Christchurch

1
night
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Luosto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kopara Reindeer Park.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Pyhatunturi road trip website.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Pyhatunturi is an approximately 36- hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Christchurch to Pyhatunturi, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Salla.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sodankyla, Kopara Reindeer Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park

1
night
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue and then take an in-depth tour of Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

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Drive from Pyhatunturi to Salla in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Salla can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Salla

Museums Historic Sites
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Urho Kekkonen National Park and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Popular historic sites such as Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Saariselka to Inari to see Lake Inari about 58 minutes away. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum and stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka day trip planning site.

You can drive from Salla to Saariselka in 4 hours. In September, daytime highs in Saariselka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Keimiotunturi Fell, then relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and then have some family-friendly fun at G2 ICEKARTING.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi trip planning website.

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kittila, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, Keimiotunturi Fell
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Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Nature & Wildlife Tours
G2 ICEKARTING ©
G2 ICEKARTING

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 5th (Sat), head outdoors with Seven Fells Up. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo trip maker site.

Getting from Levi to Akaslompolo by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In October, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Auttikongas and German Soldier s Cemetery. Get outdoors at Syvasenvaara Fell and Feelapland. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Wildlife Nature
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

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