31 days in Lapland Itinerary

31 days in Lapland Itinerary

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31 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Nottingham
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Kemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h 30​min
3
Enontekio
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Levi
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
5
Saariselka
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Salla
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Luosto
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Rovaniemi
— 8 nights
Fly + train:  8​h 15​min
End: Nottingham

2
nights
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley and Kemi Church. When in Kemi, make a side trip to see Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda in Tornio, approximately 32 minutes away. There's more to do: explore the world behind art at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery) and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kemi trip maker .

Nottingham, UK to Kemi is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Nottingham to Kemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nottingham in December, expect Kemi to be cooler, temps between -3°C and -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Kemi

Theme Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Tornio
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Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church

3
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Step out of the city life by going to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park and Yllas Ski Resort. Change things up with these side-trips from Akaslompolo: Muonio (Muonion Kotiseutumuseo & Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins).

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo trip builder app .

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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Akaslompolo, with lows of -15°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Enontekio.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Muonio, Yllas Ski Resort
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

2
nights
Enontekio

Enontekio ©
Enontekiö is a municipality in the Finnish part of Lapland with approx. Enontekio Church and Jarama WWII Fortification Camp are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Enontekio, make a side trip to see Saana in Kilpisjarvi, approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Pyhakero.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Enontekio vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Akaslompolo to Enontekio in 5.5 hours. In December in Enontekio, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Levi.

Things to do in Enontekio

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jarama WWII Fortification Camp, Saana
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Enontekio Church ©
Enontekio Church
Saana ©
Saana
Pyhakero ©
Pyhakero

4
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 some cultural insight at Ounasjoki - River for activities and Samiland. Get outdoors at Levi Ski Resort and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to Kittila (Snow Village & The Sarestoniemi Museum). There's much more to do: gain insight at Kid's Land, have some family-friendly fun at G2 Ice Karting Levi, make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and find something for the whole family at Levi Huskypark.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Levi road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Enontekio to Levi takes 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Kittila, Levi Huskypark
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
G2 Ice Karting Levi ©
G2 Ice Karting Levi
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

4
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Let the collections at Siida and Gold Prospector Museum capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Urho Kekkonen National Park and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Inari (Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church & Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church).

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Saariselka are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Salla.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Siida ©
Siida
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

2
nights
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. On the 4th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Salla Ski Resort, then brush up on your military savvy at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, and then contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Ski Resort Suomutunturi.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Salla day trip planning site .

You can drive from Saariselka to Salla in 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Salla are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Luosto.

Things to do in Salla

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Ski Resort Suomutunturi
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

3
nights
Luosto

Luosto ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Church of Sodankyla and Museum - Gallery Alariesto. Get in touch with nature at Pyha-Luosto National Park and Safaris. Step out of Luosto with an excursion to Joutsijarven Bunkkerit in Kemijarvi--about 1h 20 min away.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Luosto road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Salla to Luosto takes 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -13°C, and evening lows to -22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sodankyla, Pyhatunturi, Joutsijarven Bunkkerit
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Safaris

8
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arktikum and Pilke Science Centre. Appreciate the collections at Christmas House Santa and Rovaniemi Local History Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Pello (Ski Resort Ritavalkea & Maupertuis Memorial). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi road trip site .

Traveling by car from Luosto to Rovaniemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Luosto in January, with lows around -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Pello
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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