8 days in Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Amsterdam


Rovaniemi — 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 24th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Arktikum and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi day trip 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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, expect Rovaniemi to be much colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Levi.
Theme Parks · Museums · Fun & Games
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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.
Step out of Levi to go to Kittila and see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Mon) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities, and shop like a local with Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saariselka.
Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours
Side Trip
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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, then fly down 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.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip planning site.

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Saariselka sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Utsjoki.
Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks
Side Trips
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Utsjoki — 2 nights

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

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Utsjoki route planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Utsjoki by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Saariselka in December, expect Utsjoki to be a bit warmer, temps between -3°C and -11°C. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
Historic Sites
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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.