7 days in Lapland Itinerary

7 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Saariselka
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Saariselka road trip planning tool.

Warsaw, Poland to Saariselka is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Warsaw in December: highs in Saariselka hover around -7°C, while lows dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Giewont Husky Adventures and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at Levi Ski Resort, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, and stroll through Yllas Ski Resort.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Levi online route builder.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
On the 13th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. On your second day here, look for gifts at Marttiini Store Old Factory, then identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi driving holiday planner.

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Parks
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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.