9 days in Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland vacation planner

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Make it your trip
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
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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.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Istanbul in January, with highs in Rovaniemi at -10°C and lows at -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:

Akaslompolo

— 3 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Akaslompolo: Levi (Levi Ski Resort, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila).

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, Akaslompolo is a bit cooler at night with lows of -22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:

Saariselka

— 3 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 3rd (Thu): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then get your bearings at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

Discover how to plan a Saariselka trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Akaslompolo to Saariselka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. February in Saariselka sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 5:

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.