42 days in Lapland Itinerary

42 days in Lapland Itinerary

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42 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  29​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Kemi
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Levi
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Muonio
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Karesuvanto
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Saariselka
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Pyhatunturi
— 10 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Adelaide

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Attractions like Safaris and SantaPark make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, explore and take pictures at Lappi Areena, and don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker tool .

Adelaide, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Adelaide in December, things will get cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Fun & Games
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Safaris
SantaPark ©
SantaPark

5
nights
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Tatuka Palvelut (in Ylitornio) and Tornio (The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley & Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church, admire the masterpieces at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kemi Church.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kemi road trip planning site .

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Kemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kemi are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. On the 30th (Sun), you're off toLevi.

Things to do in Kemi

#Theme Parks, #Fun & Games, #Museums

Side Trips

Tornio, Tatuka Palvelut
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Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker
Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Levi Ski Resort and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kid's Land. Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Kittila (The Sarestoniemi Museum & Snow Village). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and have some family-friendly fun at G2 Ice Karting Levi.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kemi to Levi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Levi when traveling from Kemi in December, with lows around -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Muonio

Muonio ©
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. Visiting Safaris and Yllas Ski Resort will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Muonio side-trips: Akaslompolo (Konijanka Petting Zoo, Scandinavian Adventures, & more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins, contemplate the waterfront views at Pakasaivo, explore the striking landscape at Keimiotunturi Fell, and see the interesting displays at Muonion Kotiseutumuseo.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Muonio trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Levi to Muonio in an hour. In January, daytime highs in Muonio are -13°C, while nighttime lows are -22°C. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Karesuvanto.

Things to do in Muonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Akaslompolo, Yllas Ski Resort
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Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Safaris
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

4
nights
Karesuvanto

Karesuvanto ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Enontekio (Enontekio Church, Jyppyra lookout, & more) and Kilpisjarvi (Saana & The Three Nations' Border Point).

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Karesuvanto trip planner .

Getting from Muonio to Karesuvanto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -13°C in January, and nighttime lows around -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Karesuvanto

#Historic Sites

Side Trips

Enontekio, Kilpisjarvi
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Enontekio Church ©
Enontekio Church
Saana ©
Saana
Jyppyra lookout ©
Jyppyra lookout

5
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Siida. Get outdoors at Urho Kekkonen National Park and Juutua Nature Trail. Step out of Saariselka with an excursion to The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos in Inari--about 1h 05 min away. On the 16th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka route maker tool .

Traveling by car from Karesuvanto to Saariselka takes 5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Saariselka are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Lemmenjoki National Park, 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

10
nights
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
Get in touch with nature at Pyha-Luosto National Park and Ski Resort Suomutunturi. Venture out of the city with trips to Sodankyla (Church of Sodankyla & Museum - Gallery Alariesto), Joutsijarven Bunkkerit (in Kemijarvi) and Salla (Salla Ski Resort, Paikanselan Taistelualue, & more). Spend the 22nd (Tue) exploring nature at Riisitunturi National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pyhatunturi trip planner .

Drive from Saariselka to Pyhatunturi in 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Pyhatunturi can reach -13°C, while at night they dip to -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Salla, Sodankyla, Posio, Luosto, Joutsijarven Bunkkerit
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

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