8 days in Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Inari
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Inari
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Bus to Kittilän koulukeskus, Fly to Lyon

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Inari

Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Visiting Lemmenjoki National Park and Angeli Reindeer Farm will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Angry Birds Activity Park. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, and relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Inari trip planner.

Lyon, France to Inari is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Lyon in December: high temperatures in Inari hover around -7°C and lows are around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Church of Sodankyla and German Soldier s Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Pyha-Luosto National Park and LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Venture out of the city with trips to Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction (in Salla) and Korouoma Canyon (in Posio). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum, and get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online road trip planner.

You can drive from Inari to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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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.