9 days in Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 1 day
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly

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Saariselka

— 1 day
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 ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip planning site.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Saariselka is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. 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

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

Levi

— 2 nights
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.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Levi trip planning app.

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 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 drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Akaslompolo

— 1 night
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.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Akaslompolo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. 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 · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy and Your Piece Of Finland. There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Akaslompolo in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks
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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.