9 days in Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Antonio
Fly:  29 h
1
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Salla
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  26 h
End: San Antonio

3
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Gold Prospector Museum and Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel will appeal to history buffs. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Saariselka trip planner.

San Antonio, USA to Saariselka is an approximately 25- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Antonio to Saariselka. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from San Antonio in December: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around 21°F and lows are around 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Salla.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center

2
nights
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): hit the slopes at Salla Ski Resort, steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then get engrossed in the history at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Salla trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Salla takes 4 hours. In December in Salla, expect temperatures between 20°F during the day and 7°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Salla

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort
Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction ©
Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction
Paikanselan Taistelualue ©
Paikanselan Taistelualue

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 9th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): see Santa Claus Office, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Salla to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°F, and evening lows to 11°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa

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