22 days in Lapland Itinerary

22 days in Lapland Itinerary

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22 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
Levi
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Salla
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Luosto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 8 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

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.
Get in touch with nature at Levi Ski Resort and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, take some stellar pictures from Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi, wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities, and don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Levi trip itinerary builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Levi is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Levi due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Levi reach -6°C and lows reach -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Tours Winter Sports
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Samiland ©
Samiland
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

3
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Take a break from the city and head to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park and Yllas Ski Resort. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Akaslompolo: Snow Village (in Kittila) and Muonio (Muonion Kotiseutumuseo & Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins).

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Akaslompolo tour itinerary website .

You can drive from Levi to Akaslompolo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Saariselka.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Get outdoors at Urho Kekkonen National Park and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Inari (Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church & Siida).

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip planning site .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Saariselka, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Salla.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
night
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Salla Ski Resort, join in the after-dark buzz at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, and then contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Salla trip planner .

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Salla takes 3.5 hours. In January in Salla, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Luosto.

Things to do in Salla

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

2
nights
Luosto

Luosto ©
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Luosto, explore and take pictures at Amethyst Mine Lapland, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Luosto online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Salla to Luosto in 2 hours. In January in Luosto, expect temperatures between -13°C during the day and -22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sodankyla, Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Luosto ©
Luosto
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

8
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Eeron Polku Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Ski Resort Ritavalkea in Pello (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi travel route planning app .

You can drive from Luosto to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Luosto in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Pello
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Safaris
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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