19 days in Lapland & Espoo Itinerary

19 days in Lapland & Espoo Itinerary

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Start: Shanghai
Fly:  17 h
1
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Espoo
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Shanghai

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Ranua Zoo (in Ranua) and Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi travel itinerary planner.

Shanghai, China to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Shanghai to Rovaniemi is minus 6 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Shanghai in November: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -2°C and lows are around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Museums Tours

Side Trips

Ranua Zoo, Amethyst Mine Lapland
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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.
Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Kids' Land, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort, and experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Levi travel planning app.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Levi, with lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Yllas Ski Resort
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, &more). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, and look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Saariselka trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Espoo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 2:
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

7
nights
Espoo

Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Espoo: Suomen Lasimuseo (The Finnish Glass Museum) (in Riihimaki), Raseborg (Raseborg Castle, Fagervik Church, &more) and Hameenlinna (Museo Militaria, Hame Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Lawrence, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Espoo Cathedral, and make a splash at Serena Water Park.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Espoo itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Espoo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Saariselka in December: highs in Espoo hover around 2°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Espoo

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Raseborg, Hameenlinna, Hyvinkaa, Kirkkonummi, Church of St. Lawrence
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EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art ©
EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Museo Militaria ©
Museo Militaria

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