8 days in Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland attractions planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to St. Petersburg

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Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip itinerary planning app.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Saariselka is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from St. Petersburg in December: highs in Saariselka hover around -7°C, while lows dip to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Shopping
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Highlights from your trip

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Levi Ski Resort and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. There's much more to do: stroll through Kids' Land, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, shop like a local with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

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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.
Bring the kids along to Santa Claus Village and Arktikum. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, see Santa Claus Office, and don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Museums · Wildlife
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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.