18 days in Lapland Itinerary

18 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland tour planner

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Make it your trip
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Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 3 nights
Drive to Rovaniemi Airport, Fly to Seattle Tacoma International Airport

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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 the city and head to Ranua Zoo and Syvasenvaara Fell. Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Ski Resort Ritavalkea (in Pello) and Korouoma Canyon (in Posio). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, have fun at Santa Claus Office, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and admire the sheer force of Auttikongas.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi vacation planner.

Seattle, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 10 hours. Traveling from Seattle in October, things will get colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around 37°F and lows about 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Visiting Levi Ski Resort and Konijanka Petting Zoo will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Muonio (Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park & Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Levi trip builder app.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Levi, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:

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.
Visiting Urho Kekkonen National Park and Ruijanpolku Trail will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saariselka: Inari (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, &more). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, and get a taste of life in the country at Saariselka Reindeer Farm.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read Saariselka trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in October, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

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Pyhatunturi

— 3 nights
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park and then get out on two wheels at Luosto Adventures. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland and then explore the striking landscape at Isokuru.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pyhatunturi trip maker.

Getting from Saariselka to Pyhatunturi by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Pyhatunturi can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:

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.