31 days in Lapland Itinerary

31 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland tour itinerary planner

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Drive to Manchester Airport, Fly to Kemi-Tornio Airport, Drive to Kemi
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Kemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
Bus
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Enontekio
— 2 nights
Bus
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Levi
— 4 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Salla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Luosto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 8 nights
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Kemi

— 2 nights
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley and Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery) will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kemi Church and Tornio Church. Pack the 19th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda. Next up on the itinerary: visit Icebreaker Sampo.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kemi route planner.

Nottingham, UK to Kemi is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Nottingham in December, with highs in Kemi at -3°C and lows at -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 · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Akaslompolo

— 3 nights
Visiting Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park and Yllas Ski Resort will get you outdoors. Explore Akaslompolo's surroundings by going to Muonio (Muonion Kotiseutumuseo & Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins).

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Akaslompolo driving holiday planner.

Drive from Kemi to Akaslompolo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. 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 · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

Enontekio

— 2 nights
Get some cultural insight at Enontekio Church and Jarama WWII Fortification Camp. Step out of Enontekio to go to Kilpisjarvi and see Saana, which is approximately 1h 30 min away.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Enontekio travel itinerary planner.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Levi.

Things to do in Enontekio

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Levi

— 4 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
You'll explore and learn at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and Sarestoniemi Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Samiland and Ounasjoki - River for activities. Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila, about 46 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Thu) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy some diversion at Kids' Land, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and find something for the whole family at Levi Huskypark.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Levi attractions planner.

Traveling by bus from Enontekio to Levi takes 3.5 hours. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

Saariselka

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Get in touch with nature at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Urho Kekkonen National Park. Explore Saariselka's surroundings by going to Inari (Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church & Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, and stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Saariselka route planner.

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

Salla

— 2 nights
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. On the 4th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Salla Ski Resort, then get engrossed in the history at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, and then steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on Ski Resort Suomutunturi.

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

Drive from Saariselka to Salla in 4 hours. January in Salla sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Salla

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Luosto

— 3 nights
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Church of Sodankyla and Museum - Gallery Alariesto. Step out of the city life by going to Kopara Reindeer Park and Pyha-Luosto National Park. Step out of Luosto to go to Kemijarvi and see Joutsijarven Bunkkerit, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. It doesn't end there: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Luosto day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Salla to Luosto takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around -13°C in January, and nighttime lows around -22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

Rovaniemi

— 8 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Let the collections at Arktikum and Pilke Science Centre capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Christmas House Santa and Korundi House of Culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Pello (Ski Resort Ritavalkea & Maupertuis Memorial). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi, and hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip maker.

You can drive from Luosto to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Luosto in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 16:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
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.