16 days in Lapland Itinerary

16 days in Lapland Itinerary

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16 days in Lapland Itinerary

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
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
Fly:  32​h
End: Christchurch

1
night
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
On the 27th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Luosto, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kopara Reindeer Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pyhatunturi travel route planner .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Pyhatunturi is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Christchurch to Pyhatunturi is minus 10 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel 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
Luosto ©
Luosto

1
night
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue and then brush up on your military savvy at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Salla trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Salla takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Salla are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Salla

Nightlife Museums Historic Sites
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Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction ©
Paikanselan Taistelualue ©
Paikanselan Taistelualue

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Get outdoors at Urho Kekkonen National Park and Lake Inari. Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Gold Prospector Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. On the 1st (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Saariselka travel route planning tool .

You can drive from Salla to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. September in Saariselka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. 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 get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Keimiotunturi Fell, then relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and then get your game on at G2 Ice Karting Levi.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Levi route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Levi sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kittila, Keimiotunturi Fell, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
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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), get outside with Scandinavian Adventures and then get outside with Seven Fells Up. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Akaslompolo trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Levi to Akaslompolo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Scandinavian Adventures ©
Scandinavian Adventures
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.
Get in touch with nature at Feelapland and Syvasenvaara Fell. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Arktikum and German Soldier s Cemetery. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum, and see Santa Claus Office.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi day trip planning app .

Getting from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Parks Tours
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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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