8 days in Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lapland Itinerary

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8 days in Lapland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  33 h
1
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Sydney

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
You'll explore and learn at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Gold Prospector Museum. Popular historic sites such as Church of Sodankyla and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Saariselka to Inari to see Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church about 1h 10 min away.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Saariselka attractions planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to Saariselka is an approximately 33-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Saariselka. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Saariselka to be much colder, temps between -7°C and -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Inari, Church of Sodankyla, Gold Prospector Museum
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Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ranua Zoo, then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

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You can drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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