8 days in Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lapland Itinerary

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8 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Zurich


1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online travel planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Rovaniemi. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Zurich in January: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -10°C and lows are around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 9th (Wed), hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and finally have fun at Action Park.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Saariselka journey builder .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, plan for little chillier nights in Saariselka, with lows around -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Hippupuoti Gift Shop ©
Hippupuoti Gift Shop

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally gain insight at Kid's Land.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Levi, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Safaris
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): stroll through Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo online road trip planner .

Drive from Levi to Akaslompolo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

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