9 days in Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
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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 enjoy SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Santa Claus Village. Take a break from the city and head to Ranua Zoo and Napapiirin Porofarmi. Next up on the itinerary: see Santa Claus Office, fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online trip builder.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Wildlife

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Saariselka

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then get a dose of the wild on Guesthouse Husky - Day Tours, and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Saariselka, with lows of -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kids will enjoy Levi Ski Resort and Icekarting Levi. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Wingrens Dogsafaris. There's much more to do: get your game on at Kids' Land, stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and stop by Inghams Mini Husky Experience.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Levi attractions planner.

Drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

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.