9 days in Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland vacation planner

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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
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Levi
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Ranua Zoo in Ranua, approximately Ranua away. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi travel itinerary planner.

Birmingham, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Rovaniemi is 2 hours. Traveling from Birmingham in December, expect Rovaniemi to be much colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.
On the 8th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in December since evenings lows in Saariselka dip to -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

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Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Safartica Yllas (in Yllasjarvi) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). Spend the 10th (Fri) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's more to do: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Levi travel app.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

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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.