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
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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. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, engage your brain at Science Centre Pilke, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi travel route 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 to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Zurich in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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, stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, 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

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · 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. There's lots more to do: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark, visit Inghams Mini Husky Experience, and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Levi journey planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

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.