8 days in Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland vacation planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Charlotte

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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): see Santa Claus Office and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online trip maker.

Charlotte, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Charlotte to Rovaniemi. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Charlotte in January, with highs in Rovaniemi at 16°F and lows at 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 8th (Sat), explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Levi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in January since evenings lows in Levi dip to -1°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Tours · Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Saariselka

— 3 nights
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 10th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka road trip planning tool.

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Saariselka are 15°F, while nighttime lows are 1°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

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.