19 days in Lapland Itinerary

19 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland travel planner

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Make it your trip
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Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 6 nights
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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.
Family-friendly places like SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Arktikum will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Church of Sodankyla (in Sodankyla), Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto) and Ranua Zoo (in Ranua). There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, stroll through Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Rovaniemi, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 20:

Kemi

— 2 nights
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 21st (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery) and then explore the historical opulence of Kemi SnowCastle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church, take an in-depth tour of The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, and then get in on the family fun at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kemi itinerary tool.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Kemi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kemi

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Saariselka

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka planner.

You can drive from Kemi to Saariselka in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kemi in December, expect Saariselka to be a bit cooler, temps between -7°C and -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Levi

— 6 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Bring the kids along to Levi Ski Resort and Icekarting Levi. Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). There's much more to do: get your game on at Kids' Land, shop like a local with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Levi holiday builder app.

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 30:

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.