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
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 1 night
Fly
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Luosto
— 1 night
Drive to Rovaniemi Airport, Fly to Syracuse

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Rovaniemi

— 2 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 with an excursion to Ranua Zoo in Ranua--about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, let little ones run wild at Angry Birds Park, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online holiday planner.

Syracuse, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Syracuse to Rovaniemi. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Syracuse in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Levi, with lows of -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Trails · Winter Sports · Adventure · Outdoors
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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 3rd (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then trek along Juutua Nature Trail.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Saariselka trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Saariselka are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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Luosto

— 1 night
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Luosto visit site.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Luosto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Luosto can reach -13°C, while at night they dip to -22°C. You will leave for home on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Luosto

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.