9 days in Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland planner

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salla
— 1 night
Drive
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Pelkosenniemi
— 1 night
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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi itinerary builder website.

Zurich, Switzerland to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Rovaniemi is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Zurich in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort, and then stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Akaslompolo day trip planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Akaslompolo to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. January in Saariselka sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Salla.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Salla

— 1 night
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then hit the slopes at Salla Ski Resort.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Salla trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Salla takes 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Salla can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Pelkosenniemi.

Things to do in Salla

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

Pelkosenniemi

— 1 night
Pelkosenniemi is a municipality of Finland.Pelkosenniemi is located in the province of Lapland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Kopara Reindeer Park.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Pelkosenniemi trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Salla to Pelkosenniemi in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Pelkosenniemi can reach -13°C, while at night they dip to -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Pelkosenniemi

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
Highlights from your trip

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.