8 days in Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Fly to Rovaniemi Airport, Drive to Luosto
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— 1 night
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla, shop like a local with Museum - Gallery Alariesto, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Luosto trip itinerary builder tool.

Istanbul, Turkey to Luosto is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Luosto due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Istanbul in December; daily highs in Luosto reach -8°C and lows reach -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kittila.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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— 2 nights
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then get a taste of the local shopping with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kids' Land.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kittila trip builder site.

You can drive from Luosto to Kittila in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kittila can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kittila

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

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— 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 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. On your second day here, make a trip to Lordi's Square, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally engage your brain at Science Centre Pilke.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Kittila to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Lapland travel guide

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.