16 days in Lapland Itinerary

16 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland visit planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Rovaniemi Airport, Drive to Pyhatunturi
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Pyhatunturi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 7 nights
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Pyhatunturi

— 3 nights
Visiting Luosto Adventures and Pyhatunturi will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pyha-Luosto National Park and Luosto. Change things up with these side-trips from Pyhatunturi: Church of Sodankyla (in Sodankyla) and Ski Resort Suomutunturi (in Suomu).

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Pyhatunturi online attractions planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Pyhatunturi is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Minneapolis in November, expect Pyhatunturi to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°F and 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Saariselka

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Club Nord and Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Explore Saariselka's surroundings by going to Inari (Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church & Inari Reindeer Farm). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, and wander the wide-open spaces of Saariselka Reindeer Farm.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Saariselka online visit planner.

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Saariselka in 2.5 hours. November in Saariselka sees daily highs of 27°F and lows of 16°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rovaniemi

— 7 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get in touch with nature at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy and Auttikongas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Napapiirin Porofarmi and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Tatuka Reindeerfarm (in Ylitornio) and Ski Resort Ritavalkea (in Pello). The adventure continues: Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, and get a taste of life in the country at Orbas Reindeer Farm.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Rovaniemi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°F, and evening lows to 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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.