9 days in Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Lapland Itinerary

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9 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  22​h 15​min
1
Levi
— 2 nights
2
Inari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Salla
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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.
On the 27th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm and then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Levi trip itinerary builder tool .

Washington DC, USA to Levi is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Levi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect Levi to be cooler, temps between 22°F and 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 30th (Mon), take in the pleasant sights at Otsamo Fell, see the interesting displays at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Inari vacation planner.

Getting from Levi to Inari by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Inari, expect temperatures between 21°F during the day and 6°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Salla.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

1
night
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. On the 31st (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Salla Ski Resort, then contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then learn about all things military at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Salla online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Inari to Salla in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°F in December, and nighttime lows around 7°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Salla

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then get curious at Pilke Science Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Salla to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°F, and evening lows to 11°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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