8 days in Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Kittila
— 2 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Chicago

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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 29th (Sat), get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi tour itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Rovaniemi is 8 hours. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect Rovaniemi to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°F and 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kittila.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

Kittila

— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then shop like a local with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally enjoy some diversion at Kids' Land.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kittila trip planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Kittila in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kittila are 23°F, while nighttime lows are 9°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kittila

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
On the 2nd (Wed), hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Kittila to Saariselka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In January in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 15°F during the day and 1°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

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.