8 days in Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lapland Itinerary

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8 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly:  26​h
End: Chicago

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 31st (Mon): make a trip to Santa Claus Office, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Your Piece Of Finland, fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi day trip site .

Chicago, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Rovaniemi. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect Rovaniemi to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°F and 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Akaslompolo online journey maker .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Akaslompolo, with lows of -2°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

Side Trip

Yllas Ski Resort
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Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Safaris
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, get engrossed in the history at Samiland, and then get your game on at Kid's Land.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Levi online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Levi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of 15°F and lows of -1°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Adventure
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, then examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, and finally enjoy some diversion at Action Park.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka day trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°F, and evening lows to 1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Fun & Games, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

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