16 days in Rovaniemi, Salla & Saariselka Itinerary

16 days in Rovaniemi, Salla & Saariselka Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Salla
— 6 nights
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Saariselka
— 5 nights
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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 out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Giewont Husky Adventures in Kittila--about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and get curious at Pilke Science Centre.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in January, things will get colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -10°C and lows about -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Salla.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

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Salla

— 6 nights
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salla: Kuusamo (Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, Karhunkierros, &more), Joutsijarven Bunkkerit (in Kemijarvi) and Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Salla Ski Resort, get engrossed in the history at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, and steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue.

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You can drive from Rovaniemi to Salla in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Salla

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saariselka: Inari (Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, &more). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and trek along Urho Kekkonen National Park.

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Getting from Salla to Saariselka by car takes about 4 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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