9 days in Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Train to Sydney, Fly to Rovaniemi
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Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive
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Inari
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, Drive to Newcastle

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Rovaniemi

— 1 day

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and finally get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi road trip planning tool.

Newcastle, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 31-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Newcastle in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Otsamo Fell, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Inari trip maker.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of -17°C in Inari. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 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 5th (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Sarestoniemi Museum, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then get a taste of the local shopping with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Levi road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Inari to Levi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, and then stroll through Yllas Ski Resort.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Akaslompolo itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Levi to Akaslompolo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:

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.