20 days in Lapland Itinerary

20 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland journey planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Kittilä Airport, Drive to Levi
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Levi
— 5 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 8 nights
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Levi

— 5 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get in touch with nature at Levi Ski Resort and Yllas Ski Resort. Get a sense of the local culture at Samiland and Sarestoniemi Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Jemes Sport (in Yllasjarvi), Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Church of Sodankyla (in Sodankyla). The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark, and join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Levi tour planner.

Sydney, Australia to Levi is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 8 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Levi hover around -6°C and lows are around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Step off the beaten path and head to Gold Prospector Museum and The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos. Change things up with these side-trips from Saariselka: Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center & Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop and fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Saariselka travel planner.

You can fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

Pyhatunturi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pyhatunturi trip maker site.

Getting from Saariselka to Pyhatunturi by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December in Pyhatunturi, expect temperatures between -8°C during the day and -17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

Rovaniemi

— 8 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Arktikum and Rovaniemi Local History Museum. Do your shopping at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier and Marttiini Store Old Factory. Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction (in Salla), Perameren Kansallispuisto (in Kemi) and Ranua Zoo (in Ranua). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Forestry Museum of Lapland, see Santa Claus Office, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, and find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 27:

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.