17 days in Lapland Itinerary

17 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland vacation planner

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Make it your trip
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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
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Kemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 5 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ski Resort Ritavalkea (in Pello) and Ranua Zoo (in Ranua). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see Santa Claus Office, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online trip builder.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In December, Rovaniemi is colder than London - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:

Kemi

— 2 nights
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 16th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church, then see what you can catch with Nordic Safaris, and then get in on the excitement at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Kemi SnowCastle and then admire the striking features of Kemi Church.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kemi online vacation planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Kemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Kemi sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kemi

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saariselka: Inari (Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, Inari Reindeer Farm, &more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, and get a dose of the wild on Kamisak Husky and Horse Expeditions - Day Tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka visit planner.

Traveling by car from Kemi to Saariselka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kemi in December, things will get slightly colder in Saariselka: highs are around -7°C and lows about -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

Levi

— 5 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Levi: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). Spend the 22nd (Tue) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's lots more to do: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, get a taste of the local shopping with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Levi holiday builder app.

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
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.