8 days in Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lapland Itinerary

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8 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  8​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Zurich

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 28th (Sat), get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. On the next day, meet the residents at Ranua Zoo, make a trip to Lordi's Square, and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Rovaniemi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Zurich in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get into the urban bustle at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in December since evenings lows in Saariselka dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

3
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Go for a jaunt from Levi to Kittila to see Snow Village about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort, relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Levi holiday app .

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Kittila, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, Yllas Ski Resort
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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