9 days in Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Drive to Washington Dulles International Airport, Fly to Rovaniemi Airport, Drive to Pyhatunturi
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Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly to Washington Dulles International Airport, Drive to Dulles

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Pyhatunturi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Isokuru, go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyhatunturi.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pyhatunturi trip planner.

Dulles, USA to Pyhatunturi is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Dulles to Pyhatunturi due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dulles in August, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Pyhatunturi: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Saariselka

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Saariselka tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Saariselka in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Saariselka are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Ranua Zoo in Ranua, about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and engage your brain at Science Centre Pilke.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 49°F. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.