19 days in Lapland Itinerary

19 days in Lapland Itinerary

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19 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Durango
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  31​h
1
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Suomu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Syote
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  30​h
End: Durango

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 19th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and then make a trip to Snow Village.

To find out how to plan a trip to Akaslompolo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Durango, Mexico to Akaslompolo is an approximately 31-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Durango to Akaslompolo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durango in December, things will get much colder in Akaslompolo: highs are around -5°C and lows about -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Snow Village, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities, then have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land, then explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, and finally have some family-friendly fun at G2 Ice Karting Levi.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Levi day trip site .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Levi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
G2 ICEKARTING ©
G2 ICEKARTING

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Siida and Gold Prospector Museum will appeal to museum buffs. For shopping fun, head to Hippupuoti Gift Shop or The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos. Step out of Saariselka to go to Inari and see Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. On the 25th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka day trip planning app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

2
nights
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Museum - Gallery Alariesto, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla, and then admire all the interesting features of Amethyst Mine Lapland.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pyhatunturi journey planner.

Drive from Saariselka to Pyhatunturi in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -8°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Suomu.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Sodankyla, Amethyst Mine Lapland
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Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

2
nights
Suomu

Suomu ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stroll through Salla Ski Resort, then brush up on your military savvy at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, and then take in the history at Joutsijarven Bunkkerit. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Riisitunturi National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Suomu trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Pyhatunturi to Suomu by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Syote.

Things to do in Suomu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Salla, Joutsijarven Bunkkerit, Riisitunturi National Park
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park

2
nights
Syote

Syote ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Pentik Hill and then look for gifts at Jalavan Kauppa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ski along the peaceful trails at Syote Ski & Nature Resort.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Syote trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Suomu to Syote takes 2 hours. In December in Syote, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Syote

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Jalavan Kauppa, Pentik Hill
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Jalavan Kauppa ©
Jalavan Kauppa

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Head to LAURI and Arctic Circle Mallfor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Syvasenvaara Fell. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and relax in the rural setting at Poro Farmi.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Syote to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy

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