21 days in Lapland Itinerary

21 days in Lapland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 7 nights
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Saariselka
— 6 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 5 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to The Eastern Iowa Airport

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Ranua Zoo (in Ranua), Ski Resort Ritavalkea (in Pello) and Tatuka Reindeerfarm (in Ylitornio). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and see Santa Claus Office.

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Cedar Rapids, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cedar Rapids to Rovaniemi is 8 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cedar Rapids in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 22°F and lows reach 11°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Saariselka

— 6 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.
Explore Saariselka's surroundings by going to Inari (Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, &more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Saariselka online vacation builder.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in December since evenings lows in Saariselka dip to 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Levi

— 5 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). Spend the 20th (Tue) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's lots more to do: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, visit Inghams Mini Husky Experience, and stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Levi online vacation planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 22°F, while at night they dip to 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

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.