8 days in Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Lyon

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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.
Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Ranua and see Ranua Zoo, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online vacation maker.

Lyon, France to Rovaniemi is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Lyon in December, expect Rovaniemi to be colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Saariselka

— 1 night
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 24th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka travel planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Saariselka, with lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Shopping
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Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Step out of Levi to go to Kittila and see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Fri) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, shop like a local with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, and get your game on at Kids' Land.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

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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.