8 days in Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC
+3
Train + Bus + Foot + Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Inari
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Ranua Zoo in Ranua, approximately Ranua away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, and take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas.

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

Washington DC, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Rovaniemi is 7 hours. In September, Rovaniemi is cooler than Washington DC - with highs of 53°F and lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, hike along Juutua Nature Trail, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Inari trip planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Trails Outdoors
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

2
nights
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park and then go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Pyhatunturi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Inari to Pyhatunturi in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in September, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Amethyst Mine Lapland
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

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