17 days in Lapland Itinerary

17 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland travel route builder

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Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 6 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Zurich

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Rovaniemi

— 6 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Ranua Zoo in Ranua, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi tour builder app.

Zurich, Switzerland to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Zurich in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Shopping

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Saariselka

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center & Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus). Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Saariselka trip planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of -17°C in Saariselka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

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Levi

— 6 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Safartica Yllas (in Yllasjarvi). Spend the 26th (Sun) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. And it doesn't end there: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, find something for the whole family at Levi Huskypark, and take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Levi trip planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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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.