8 days in Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lapland Itinerary

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8 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Kiev
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Salla
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  8​h
End: Kiev

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): make a trip to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: gain insight at Kid's Land, then experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and then stroll through Yllas Ski Resort.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo travel route builder .

Kiev, Ukraine to Akaslompolo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kiev in December: high temperatures in Akaslompolo hover around -5°C and lows are around -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Kid's Land, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get all the equipment you need at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and finally examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Akaslompolo to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Saariselka sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Hippupuoti Gift Shop ©
Hippupuoti Gift Shop

1
night
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Salla Ski Resort, then steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then get engrossed in the history at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Salla day trip website .

Getting from Saariselka to Salla by car takes about 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Salla can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Salla

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, then explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture, and finally stop by Your Piece Of Finland. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village and then see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planner .

Drive from Salla to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre

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