8 days in Rovaniemi, Saariselka & Akaslompolo Itinerary

8 days in Rovaniemi, Saariselka & Akaslompolo Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): see Santa Claus Office, thenexamine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and then hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi attractions planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Marttiini Store Old Factory ©
Marttiini Store Old Factory
Korundi House of Culture ©
Korundi House of Culture

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gold Prospector Museum and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Change things up with these side-trips from Saariselka: Inari (The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, &more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park and hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Saariselka online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Saariselka, with lows of -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, thenvisit Inghams Mini Husky Experience, thenhit the slopes at Kids' Land, and finally look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Saariselka to Akaslompolo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -22°C. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Levi, Giewont Husky Adventures, Yllas Ski Resort
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Giewont Husky Adventures ©
Giewont Husky Adventures
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

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