37 days in Lapland Itinerary

37 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Rovaniemi
— 11 nights
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Kemi
— 6 nights
Drive
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Pelkosenniemi
— 6 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 6 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 7 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 11 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Pello to see Eeron Polku Trail about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi vacation planning app.

Venice, Italy to Rovaniemi is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Venice to Rovaniemi. Traveling from Venice in December, things will get cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 7:

Kemi

— 6 nights
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kemi: Kukkolankoski (in Kukkola) and Nordic Safaris (in Tornio). Spend the 10th (Mon) immersed in the historical opulence at Kemi SnowCastle. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda, admire the masterpieces at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), take an in-depth tour of The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kemi route planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Kemi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kemi can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Pelkosenniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 13:

Pelkosenniemi

— 6 nights
Pelkosenniemi is a municipality of Finland.Pelkosenniemi is located in the province of Lapland. Explore Pelkosenniemi's surroundings by going to Church of Sodankyla (in Sodankyla), Luosto (Amethyst Mine Lapland, Luosto Adventures, &more) and Salla (Paikanselan Taistelualue & Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction). Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Pyha-Luosto National Park. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Husky Farm and stroll through Pyhatunturi.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Pelkosenniemi attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Kemi to Pelkosenniemi takes 3 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kemi in January; daily highs in Pelkosenniemi reach -13°C and lows reach -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Pelkosenniemi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 19:

Saariselka

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Inari (Inari Reindeer Farm, Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, &more). Spend the 22nd (Sat) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get all the equipment you need at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and wander the wide-open spaces of Saariselka Reindeer Farm.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka holiday planner.

Getting from Pelkosenniemi to Saariselka by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 25:

Levi

— 7 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Levi: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Seven Fells Up (in Akaslompolo). Spend the 26th (Wed) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, get all the equipment you need at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wingrens Dogsafaris, and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Levi online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Levi, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — Feb 1:

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.