7 days in Lapland Itinerary

7 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see Santa Claus Office, then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and then find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Lordi's Square, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

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Helsinki to Rovaniemi is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in January, with highs in Rovaniemi at -10°C and lows at -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Levi Ski Resort and Icekarting Levi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Levi: Safaris (in Akaslompolo) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kids' Land, identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Levi trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Levi when traveling from Rovaniemi in January, with lows around -21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

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Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 15th (Fri), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

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Traveling by flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Saariselka are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

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Lapland travel guide

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.