8 days in Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

8 days in Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

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8 days in Rovaniemi & Saariselka Itinerary

Start: Bilbao
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Bilbao

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Family-friendly places like SantaPark and Snowman World Igloo Hotel will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, make a trip to Lordi's Square, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and see Santa Claus Office.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Bilbao, Spain to Rovaniemi is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bilbao to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bilbao in December, expect Rovaniemi to be much colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Outdoors
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Safaris
Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Explore Saariselka's surroundings by going to Inari (Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church & Siida). On the 19th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Saariselka travel planning tool .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Saariselka, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©

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