9 days in Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland trip planner

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Drive to Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Inari
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Inari
— 1 day
Drive
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Kemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Inari

— 1 day
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the venue of The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read Inari journey builder site.

Hong Kong, China to Inari is an approximately 25-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Hong Kong Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in January; daily highs in Inari reach -11°C and lows reach -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
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Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 16th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

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You can drive from Inari to Saariselka in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Saariselka, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Kemi

— 3 nights
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley and Kemi Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Oulu (Nallikari Beach & Oulu Climbing Centre). And it doesn't end there: stop by Icebreaker Sampo, get in on the family fun at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church, and explore the world behind art at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery).

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kemi online travel planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Kemi by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Saariselka in January since evenings lows in Kemi dip to -16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
On the 20th (Sun), stop by Your Piece Of Finland, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Kemi to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -10°C in January, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Lapland travel guide

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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.