8 days in Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

8 days in Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland trip itinerary planner

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Saariselka
— 5 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Ranua Zoo in Ranua, approximately Ranua away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, stop by Your Piece Of Finland, see Santa Claus Office, and see where the action happens at Lappi Areena.

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In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Fun & Games · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Saariselka

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Ivalo Safaris (in Ivalo) and Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center & Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church). Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Saariselka online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, Saariselka is a bit cooler at night with lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

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