8 days in Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Manchester



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Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 20th (Wed), hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then make a trip to Lordi's Square. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car, train, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Manchester in January; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -10°C and lows reach -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums
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Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Get in touch with nature at Lapland Safaris Saariselka and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip website.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, Saariselka is a bit cooler at night with lows of -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

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Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Step out of the city life by going to Levi Ski Resort and Lapland Safaris Levi. Go for a jaunt from Levi to Kittila to see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, soothe aching muscles at KuruYoga Levi, hit the slopes at Kids' Land, and don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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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.