8 days in Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland journey planner

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Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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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.
Explore Saariselka's surroundings by going to Inari (Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip itinerary builder website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Saariselka is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in July, with highs in Saariselka at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Levi trip builder.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stroll through Ranua Zoo, explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture, and then get curious at Science Centre Pilke. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

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.