8 days in Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lapland sightseeing planner

©
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Newark

S M T W T F S
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

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

Newark, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Rovaniemi. When traveling from Newark in September, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Akaslompolo trip website.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September in Akaslompolo, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Saariselka.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:

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.
On the 7th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then get your bearings at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka sightseeing planning website.

You can fly from Akaslompolo to Saariselka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

Lapland travel guide

3.9
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.