17 days in Lapland & Mariehamn Itinerary

17 days in Lapland & Mariehamn Itinerary

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17 days in Lapland & Mariehamn Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Kittila
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Mariehamn
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Durham

3
nights
Kittila

Kittila ©
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Take a break from the city and head to Levi Ski Resort and Konijanka Petting Zoo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm and Samiland. Change things up with a short trip to Scandinavian Adventures in Akaslompolo (about 44 minutes away). There's more to do: examine the collection at The Sarestoniemi Museum and delve into the distant past at Taatsin seita.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Kittila trip itinerary builder site .

Durham, USA to Kittila is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Durham to Kittila, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Durham in June, with highs in Kittila at 59°F and lows at 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kittila

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Levi, Akaslompolo, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
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Scandinavian Adventures ©
Scandinavian Adventures
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Taatsin seita ©
Taatsin seita

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Urho Kekkonen National Park and Lake Inari. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Inari Reindeerfarm (in Inari) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Ivalo).

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka travel planner .

You can drive from Kittila to Saariselka in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Trails

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Pyhatunturi

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

Before you visit Pyhatunturi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Saariselka to Pyhatunturi in 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Church of Sodankyla
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Safaris
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your inner history buff will appreciate German Soldier s Cemetery and Rovaniemi Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at Korundi House of Culture and Arktikum. Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Tornio Church (in Tornio), Korouoma Canyon (in Posio) and Kemi (Sampo Icebreaker & Kemi Church). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kemi, Tornio Church, Korouoma Canyon
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Korouoma Canyon ©
Korouoma Canyon
Safaris
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

2
nights
Mariehamn

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to The Maritime Quarter, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilla holmen, then step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Eckerö Post & tullhus, then see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, then steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri, and finally contemplate the long history of Bomarsund.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mariehamn trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Mariehamn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Aland Island, Sund, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

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