8 days in Rovaniemi, Saariselka & Akaslompolo Itinerary

8 days in Rovaniemi, Saariselka & Akaslompolo Itinerary

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8 days in Rovaniemi, Saariselka & Akaslompolo Itinerary

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
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.
On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, then see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, and finally fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip builder website .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Amsterdam to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Amsterdam in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa
Lumberjack's Candle Bridge ©
Lumberjack's Candle Bridge
Lordi's Square ©
Lordi's Square

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Urho Kekkonen National Park and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos & Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church).

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip tool .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect little chillier with lows of -17°C in Saariselka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

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Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 2nd (Wed), make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, then enjoy some diversion at Kid's Land, and then stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort.

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You can drive from Saariselka to Akaslompolo in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

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