25 days in Lapland Itinerary

25 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 9 nights
Drive
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Kemi
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Levi
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Saariselka
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Luosto
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 9 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Attractions like SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Santa Claus Village make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Ranua Zoo (in Ranua) and Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi). There's much more to do: see Santa Claus Office, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planning app.

Newark, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Rovaniemi. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Newark in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 22°F and lows reach 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 16:

Kemi

— 3 nights
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Attractions like Nordic Safaris and Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Kukkolankoski in Kukkola (about 44 minutes away). Spend the 18th (Sat) immersed in the historical opulence at Kemi SnowCastle. There's still lots to do: stroll through Kotielainpuisto Arkadia.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kemi route maker.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Kemi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Kemi, expect temperatures between 26°F during the day and 14°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Kemi

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:

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.
Attractions like Levi Ski Resort and Elan Ski Shop & Rental make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Safartica Yllas (in Yllasjarvi). There's still lots to do: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, stop by Inghams Mini Husky Experience, find something for the whole family at Levi Huskypark, and shop like a local with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Levi online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kemi to Levi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kemi in December, Levi is a bit cooler at night with lows of 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:

Saariselka

— 5 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.
Attractions like Urho Kekkonen National Park and Angry Birds Activity Park make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, Otsamo Fell, &more). There's still lots to do: get all the equipment you need at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Saariselka road trip planning app.

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°F in December, and nighttime lows around 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:

Luosto

— 2 nights
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 30th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Luosto trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Luosto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Luosto can reach 19°F, while at night they dip to 6°F. On the 31st (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Luosto

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.