32 days in Lapland Itinerary

32 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Drive to Riga International Airport, Fly to Rovaniemi Airport, Drive to Pyhatunturi
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Pyhatunturi
— 4 nights
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Posio
— 3 nights
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Tankavaara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Inari
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kilpisjarvi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 10 nights
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Pyhatunturi

— 4 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Pyha-Luosto National Park and Luosto. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pyhatunturi: Church of Sodankyla (in Sodankyla), Joutsijarven Bunkkerit (in Kemijarvi) and Salla Ski Resort (in Salla).

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Pyhatunturi trip builder tool.

Riga, Latvia to Pyhatunturi is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Riga in July, expect Pyhatunturi to be slightly colder, temps between 23°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Posio.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 4:

Posio

— 3 nights
Posio is a municipality of Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to Korouoma Canyon and Syote National Park. Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Riisitunturi National Park. It doesn't end there: shop like a local with Pentik Hill.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Posio online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Posio takes 2.5 hours. August in Posio sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tankavaara.

Things to do in Posio

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:

Tankavaara

— 3 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gold Prospector Museum and Saariselka Bowling. Venture out of the city with trips to Saariselka (Urho Kekkonen National Park & Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop).

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tankavaara online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Posio to Tankavaara in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tankavaara

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:

Inari

— 5 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Otsamo Fell. Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, get outside with Lake Inari, trek along Juutua Nature Trail, and see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Inari travel planner.

Getting from Tankavaara to Inari by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August in Inari, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kilpisjarvi.

Things to do in Inari

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 15:

Kilpisjarvi

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): make a trip to Saana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Tsahkal Falls and then make a trip to The Three Nations' Border Point.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilpisjarvi online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Inari to Kilpisjarvi takes 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Kilpisjarvi can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Kilpisjarvi

Parks · Trails · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:
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Akaslompolo

— 4 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Giewont Husky Adventures and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Akaslompolo: Sirkka (G2 ICEKARTING & Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm), Kongas (Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm & Levi Huskypark) and Pakasaivo (in Muonio).

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo tour planning app.

Getting from Kilpisjarvi to Akaslompolo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Kilpisjarvi to Akaslompolo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 21:

Rovaniemi

— 10 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Syvasenvaara Fell and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. Change things up with a short trip to Tatuka Reindeerfarm in Ylitornio (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture, and take an in-depth tour of Forestry Museum of Lapland.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip maker tool.

Drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. August in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 31:

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.