9 days in Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland itinerary planner

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Fly to Kittilä Airport, Drive to Akaslompolo
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
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Inari
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Powerun Adventures and Jemes Sport. Take a break from Akaslompolo with a short trip to Levi Ski Resort in Levi, about 52 minutes away.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Akaslompolo trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Akaslompolo is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Zurich in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Akaslompolo, with highs around -5°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Inari.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

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Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 14th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and then get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Inari online day trip planner.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Inari by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Historic Sites · Museums
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Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get some cultural insight at Santa's House of Snowmobiles and German Soldier s Cemetery. Step off the beaten path and head to Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy and Napapiirin Porofarmi. Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Ranua to see Ranua Zoo about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and see Santa Claus Office.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Inari to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In December in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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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.