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 to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly

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Saariselka

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Inari (Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, &more). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Saariselka trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Madrid, Spain to Saariselka is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Madrid in July: highs in Saariselka hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Winter Sports

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.
On the 13th (Tue), ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi vacation planning site.

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Levi sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Trails · Parks · Outdoors
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Highlights from your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, see Santa Claus Office, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and finally engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:

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.