9 days in Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Lapland Itinerary

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9 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + Bus:  17 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
3
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Seattle

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Change things up with a short trip to Ranua Zoo in Ranua (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, see Santa Claus Office, and don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi visit planning site .

Seattle, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Seattle to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Rovaniemi is much colder than Seattle - with highs of 22°F and lows of 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get your bearings at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Saariselka day trip planning app .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, plan for little chillier nights in Saariselka, with lows around 6°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

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 (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then view the masterpieces at Sarestoniemi Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Levi online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Sarestoniemi Museum
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

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