8 days in Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lapland Itinerary

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8 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Kittila
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Chicago

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): find something for the whole family at SantaPark, see Santa Claus Office, and then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online itinerary planner .

Chicago, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect Rovaniemi to be a bit cooler, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kittila.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Tours
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Kittila

Kittila ©
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. On the 29th (Sat), glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Snow Village, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, then don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally get your game on at Kid's Land.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kittila trip site .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Kittila by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Kittila, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kittila

#Adventure, #Trails, #Parks

Side Trip

Levi
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, trek along Urho Kekkonen National Park, then examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, and finally have fun at Action Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Saariselka trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kittila to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Parks, #Winter Sports, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Prospector Museum, Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

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