27 days in Lapland Itinerary

27 days in Lapland Itinerary

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27 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
+2
train + foot + Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Luosto
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Salla
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Saariselka
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
5
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Kemi
— 7 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Family-friendly places like Safaris and Pilke Science Centre will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at SantaPark, make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and enjoy some diversion at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi vacation planning tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Rovaniemi is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In January, Rovaniemi is cooler than Johannesburg - with highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Wildlife
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

3
nights
Luosto

Luosto ©
When in Luosto, make a side trip to see Church of Sodankyla in Sodankyla, approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Luosto online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Luosto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, expect little chillier with lows of -22°C in Luosto. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sodankyla, Pyhatunturi
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland
Luosto ©
Luosto

3
nights
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Take a break from the city and head to Salla Ski Resort and Ski Resort Suomutunturi. When in Salla, make a side trip to see Riisitunturi National Park in Posio, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction and steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Salla day trip planner .

You can drive from Luosto to Salla in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Salla

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Ski Resort Suomutunturi, Riisitunturi National Park
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Take a break from the city and head to Urho Kekkonen National Park and Lemmenjoki National Park. Take a break from Saariselka with a short trip to Siida in Inari, about 1h 05 min away. On the 28th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Saariselka trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Salla to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Siida, Lemmenjoki National Park
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Levi Ski Resort and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Attractions like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kid's Land make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Snow Village in Kittila, about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, get engrossed in the history at Samiland, and don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Levi, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

3
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Step out of the city life by going to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park and Safaris. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Akaslompolo: Muonio (Muonion Kotiseutumuseo & Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins).

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo travel tool .

Traveling by car from Levi to Akaslompolo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Muonio
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Safaris
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

7
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, Tornio Golf, & more) and Tatuka Palvelut (in Ylitornio). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church, admire the landmark architecture of Kemi Church, and explore the world behind art at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery).

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kemi trip website .

Getting from Akaslompolo to Kemi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Kemi can reach -4°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Mon).

Things to do in Kemi

Fun & Games Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tornio, Tatuka Palvelut
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Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker

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