18 days in Lapland Itinerary

18 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Start: Seattle
Fly + Bus:  19 h
1
Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
3
Saariselka
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Pyhatunturi
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Seattle

6
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
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 Korouoma Canyon. When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Ski Resort Ritavalkea in Pello, approximately Pello away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi, identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy, and take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 19- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Rovaniemi is 10 hours. In October, Rovaniemi is cooler than Seattle - with highs of 37°F and lows of 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Korouoma Canyon, Ski Resort Ritavalkea, Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Arctic Emotions Oy ©
Arctic Emotions Oy
Korouoma Canyon ©
Korouoma Canyon

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.
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 traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, 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 Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Muonio, Konijanka Petting Zoo, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

4
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
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 Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort 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: hike along Ruijanpolku Trail, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, wander the wide-open spaces of Saariselka Reindeer Farm, and get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Saariselka trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Levi to Saariselka in 3 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

Side Trip

Inari
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center

3
nights
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
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 ratings, maps, 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

Side Trips

Luosto, Pyhatunturi
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Pyhatunturi ©
Pyhatunturi
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

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