7 days in Lapland Itinerary

7 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive
3
Salla
— 1 night
Drive to Kuusamo Airport, Fly to Chicago Midway International Airport

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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Syvasenvaara Fell and Marttiini Store Old Factory. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get your game on at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and see Santa Claus Office.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online trip builder.

Chicago, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 8 hours. In December, Rovaniemi is a bit cooler than Chicago - with highs of 22°F and lows of 11°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Akaslompolo

— 1 night
On the 1st (Tue), stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are 23°F, while nighttime lows are 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

Salla

— 1 night
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. On the 2nd (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Salla Ski Resort.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Salla trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Salla takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°F in January, and nighttime lows around 2°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Salla

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

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.