8 days in Lapland Itinerary

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Ranua (Ranua-Revontuli Oy & Ranua Zoo). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and examine the collection at Christmas House Santa.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi day trip planning app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Rovaniemi is 1 hour. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, expect Rovaniemi to be colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Levi.
Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Levi — 2 nights

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): hit the slopes at Levi Ski Resort. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and finally hit the slopes at Kids' Land.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Levi attractions website.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saariselka.
Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure
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Saariselka — 1 night

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 (Thu): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and finally get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Saariselka online day trip planner.

Drive from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Saariselka, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Utsjoki.
Museums · Winter Sports · Theme Parks · Outdoors
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Utsjoki — 2 nights

Utsjoki is a municipality in Finland, the northernmost in the country. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): snap pictures at Sami Bridge and then admire the striking features of Utsjoki Church Huts.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Utsjoki trip itinerary app.

Drive from Saariselka to Utsjoki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Saariselka in December, things will get a bit warmer in Utsjoki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.
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Lapland travel guide

Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.