9 days in Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Seattle Tacoma International Airport

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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.
Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Ranua and see Ranua Zoo, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and have fun at Santa Claus Office.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning website.

Seattle, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Rovaniemi is 10 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Seattle in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at 22°F and lows at 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): tour or see a show 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 next day: examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Saariselka journey builder tool.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 6°F in Saariselka. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

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.
On the 31st (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then shop like a local with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi and then explore the world behind art at Sarestoniemi Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Levi online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between 22°F during the day and 8°F at night. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

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.