9 days in Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to London Heathrow Airport

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Santa Claus Village. Discover out-of-the-way places like Feelapland and Your Piece Of Finland. Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Icebreaker Sampo in Kemi--about 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, and get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip maker app.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Rovaniemi is 2 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks

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Saariselka

— 3 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kids will enjoy Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Saariselka Bowling. Explore hidden gems such as Gold Prospector Museum and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saariselka: Inari (Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church & Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center).

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Saariselka day trip planning app.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Saariselka when traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with lows around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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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.