44 days in Lapland Itinerary

44 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Fly to Alta, Bus to Enontekio
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Enontekio
— 5 nights
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Levi
— 7 nights
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Saariselka
— 7 nights
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kemi
— 6 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 11 nights
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Enontekio

— 5 nights
Family-friendly places like Jyppyra lookout and Nakkala Safaris will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Enontekio side-trips: Jarama WWII Fortification Camp (in Karesuvanto) and Kilpisjarvi (Saana & The Three Nations' Border Point).

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Enontekio visit planning app.

New York City, USA to Enontekio is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from New York City to Enontekio, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Enontekio to be much colder, temps between 20°F and 5°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Enontekio

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Levi

— 7 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Bring the kids along to Levi Ski Resort and Icekarting Levi. Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kids' Land, identify plant and animal life at Wingrens Dogsafaris, visit Inghams Mini Husky Experience, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Enontekio to Levi. December in Levi sees daily highs of 22°F and lows of 8°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Saariselka

— 7 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.
Bring the kids along to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Saariselka Reindeer Farm. Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Inari (Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, &more). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Saariselka route planner.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°F in January, and nighttime lows around 1°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Pyhatunturi

— 6 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Pyhatunturi side-trips: Salla (Paikanselan Taistelualue & Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction), Riisitunturi National Park (in Posio) and Sodankyla (Museum - Gallery Alariesto & Church of Sodankyla). Spend the 11th (Tue) exploring nature at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Pyhatunturi itinerary tool.

Getting from Saariselka to Pyhatunturi by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January in Pyhatunturi, expect temperatures between 12°F during the day and -2°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Kemi.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kemi

— 6 nights
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Attractions like Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda and Tornio Church make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kemi: Kukkolankoski (in Kukkola) and Tornio (Nordic Safaris & Tornio Golf). Next up on the itinerary: tour along fresh powder with Kemi SnowCastle, identify plant and animal life at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, take in panoramic vistas at Tornion vesitorni, and admire the landmark architecture of Kemi Church.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kemi driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Kemi takes 3.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pyhatunturi in January: high temperatures in Kemi hover around 20°F and lows are around 7°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Rovaniemi

— 11 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Bring the kids along to SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Santa Claus Village. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Pello (Ski Resort Ritavalkea, Eeron Polku Trail, &more), Ranua Zoo (in Ranua) and Korouoma Canyon (in Posio). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Getting from Kemi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°F, and evening lows to 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly 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.