8 days in Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland travel route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Kittila
— 1 night
Drive
3
Inari
— 1 night
Drive
4
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Istanbul Airport

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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Arktikum and Christmas House Santa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Safaris and Napapiirin Porofarmi. Next up on the itinerary: stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, see Santa Claus Office, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and get a taste of the local shopping with Marttiini Store Old Factory.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Rovaniemi is minus 1 hour. In January, Rovaniemi is colder than Istanbul - with highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kittila.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Wildlife · Theme Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:

Kittila

— 1 night
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then admire the masterpieces at Sarestoniemi Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kittila travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Kittila in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kittila, with lows of -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Kittila

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then explore the venue of The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kittila to Inari in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In January in Inari, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
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 27th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, then hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Inari to Saariselka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

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.