22 days in Lapland Itinerary

22 days in Lapland Itinerary

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22 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  36​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Kemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Saariselka
— 4 nights
Fly:  38​h
End: Wellington

6
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Santa Claus Village and Snowman World Igloo Hotel. Venture out of the city with trips to Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto), Ski Resort Ritavalkea (in Pello) and Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi). Next up on the itinerary: see Santa Claus Office, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and get curious at Pilke Science Centre.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi tour website .

Wellington, New Zealand to Rovaniemi is an approximately 36-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Wellington in December, things will get cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pyha-Luosto National Park, Amethyst Mine Lapland, Ski Resort Ritavalkea
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

3
nights
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Kemi: Tornio (The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley & Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), admire the landmark architecture of Kemi Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kemi trip planner .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Kemi by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kemi are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Kemi

Theme Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Tornio
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Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 17th (Tue), glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): make a trip to Snow Village, stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, and then stroll through Yllas Ski Resort.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Akaslompolo holiday tool .

You can drive from Kemi to Akaslompolo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kemi in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of -15°C in Akaslompolo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kid's Land and Levi Huskypark. On the 19th (Thu), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, get your game on at G2 Ice Karting Levi, go for a walk through Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi, and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi online travel route planner .

Drive from Akaslompolo to Levi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Levi Huskypark, Giewont Husky Adventures
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
G2 ICEKARTING ©
G2 ICEKARTING
Levi Huskypark ©
Levi Huskypark

4
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church & Siida). On the 22nd (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Saariselka road trip tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Saariselka sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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