6 days in Lapland Itinerary

6 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Melbourne International Airport

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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 8th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and then explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -10°C and lows are around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks
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Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum.

Discover how to plan a Saariselka trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Saariselka when traveling from Rovaniemi in January, with lows around -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Museums · Nature · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

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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.