8 days in Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Train to New York JFK, Fly to Rovaniemi
— 1 night
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Philadelphia International Airport



— 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 14th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum and then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, and finally stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online holiday planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Rovaniemi. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Philadelphia in March: highs in Rovaniemi hover around 30°F, while lows dip to 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 15:


— 2 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 16th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°F in March, and nighttime lows around 13°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:


— 3 nights
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 18th (Thu): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort, then stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Keep things going the next day: visit Ounasjoki - River for activities, then get a taste of the local shopping with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and then fly down the slopes at Kids' Land.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Levi trip maker website.

Fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Levi are 31°F, while nighttime lows are 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 20:

Lapland travel guide

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.