7 days in Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

7 days in Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

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7 days in Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

Start: Rovaniemi
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
End: Rovaniemi

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Syvasenvaara Fell. Change things up with a short trip to Pyha-Luosto National Park in Pyhatunturi (about 1h 40 min away). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning app .

In January, plan for daily highs up to -10°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Safaris
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and finally look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop. On your second day here, fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Saariselka trip site .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Saariselka, with lows around -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Inari
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

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