19 days in Lapland Itinerary

19 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Fly to Kittila, Bus to Rovaniemi
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Salla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Luosto
— 3 nights
Drive to Rovaniemi Airport, Fly to Paris

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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Syvasenvaara Fell. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy and German Soldier s Cemetery. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi visit app.

Paris, France to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Paris in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

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.
Samiland and Sarestoniemi Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Giewont Husky Adventures and Taatsin seita. When in Levi, make a side trip to see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila, approximately Kittila away. Spend the 22nd (Sat) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and shop like a local with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Levi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Muonio.

Things to do in Levi

Tours · Trails · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

Muonio

— 2 nights
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins, then look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Muonion Kotiseutumuseo, then don't miss a visit to Pyhakero, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Enontekio Church.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Muonio holiday planner.

Drive from Levi to Muonio in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Muonio

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Saariselka

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gold Prospector Museum and Angry Birds Activity Park. Step out of Saariselka with an excursion to Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center in Inari--about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Muonio to Saariselka in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Salla.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Salla

— 2 nights
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. On the 30th (Sun), hit the slopes at Salla Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue and then get engrossed in the history at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Salla sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Salla takes 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Salla are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Luosto.

Things to do in Salla

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Luosto

— 3 nights
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Get a sense of the local culture at Church of Sodankyla and Museum - Gallery Alariesto. Escape the urban bustle at Pyha-Luosto National Park and Kopara Reindeer Park. It doesn't end there: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Luosto online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Salla to Luosto by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Luosto are -8°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

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.