8 days in Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Bus to Rovaniemi, Fly to New York City

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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.
Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Ranua Zoo in Ranua, about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online day trip planner.

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Rovaniemi is 7 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, you will find days in Rovaniemi are slightly colder (67°F), and nights are cooler (52°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): head outdoors with Lake Inari, see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then trek along Juutua Nature Trail. On the next day, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka day trip planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:

Levi

— 2 nights
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 30th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, use the Levi online holiday planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in Levi, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

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

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.