17 days in Lapland Itinerary

17 days in Lapland Itinerary

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17 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
Levi
— 3 nights
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Salla
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins and Ounasjoki - River for activities. Take a break from the city and head to Levi Ski Resort and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Go for a jaunt from Levi to Kittila to see Taatsin seita about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land, look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Levi itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Levi is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Levi. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get much colder in Levi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Muonio, Taatsin seita
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Taatsin seita ©
Taatsin seita

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Step out of the city life by going to Urho Kekkonen National Park and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Step out of Saariselka with an excursion to Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center in Inari--about 1h 10 min away.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Inari
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

2
nights
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): hit the slopes at Salla Ski Resort, then steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then brush up on your military savvy at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction. Here are some ideas for day two: see the winter wonderland with Ski Resort Suomutunturi.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Salla sightseeing planning website .

You can drive from Saariselka to Salla in 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Salla are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Salla

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Ski Resort Suomutunturi
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

6
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kids will appreciate attractions like SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Snowman World Igloo Hotel. Get a sense of the local culture at Arktikum and Maupertuis Memorial. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Tornio (The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley & Tornio Church) and Kemi Church (in Kemi). Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Rovaniemi using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salla to Rovaniemi takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around -10°C in January, and nighttime lows around -17°C. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Museums Tours

Side Trips

Tornio, Kemi Church, Maupertuis Memorial
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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