9 days in Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Lapland Itinerary

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9 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
3
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Bring the kids along to SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Ranua Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, have some family-friendly fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and examine the collection at Christmas House Santa.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner .

Valletta, Malta to Rovaniemi is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Valletta to Rovaniemi. In December, Rovaniemi is much colder than Valletta - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre

2
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.
On the 29th (Sun), examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, have fun at Action Park, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, then hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka online itinerary planner .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, Saariselka is a bit cooler at night with lows of -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Prospector Museum, Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Snow Village and then kick your exploration up a notch at Levi Ski Resort. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and finally make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Levi online trip planner .

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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