9 days in Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  21 h 30 min
1
Saariselka
— 1 day
Bus + Fly:  3 h
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  20 h
End: Riyadh

1
day
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
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): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum.

For other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip planning site.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Saariselka is an approximately 20.5- hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Riyadh to Saariselka due to the time zone difference. In January, Saariselka is cooler than Riyadh - with highs of -11°C and lows of -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then stop by Inghams Mini Husky Experience, then make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and finally don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Levi trip planning app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Levi, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Tours Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 6th (Sun), stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Levi to Akaslompolo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Yllas Ski Resort
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Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Safaris
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rovaniemi City Library and Korundi House of Culture. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, see Santa Claus Office, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi road trip website.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Museums Winter Sports
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Safaris
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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