From the breathtaking beauty of the natural landscapes to the unique opportunities to experience a true winter wonderland, Finland’s Lapland is a must-visit destination for any traveler. A 4-day trip to Lapland is the perfect amount of time to explore the region and take in the sights and sounds of a place that’s both rugged and captivating. This itinerary will give you a lot of things to remember, like snowshoeing in the woods, visiting a husky farm, and looking at the Northern Lights. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, this 4-day adventure in Finland’s Lapland is one you won’t want to miss.
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Day 1: Arrival in Rovaniemi and Husky Farm Visit
This adventure begins in the town of Rovaniemi, which is located in the far north of the country. If you are traveling to Finland from outside of Europe, you will probably reach Helsinki first, and from there you can book an overnight train to Rovaniemi. On the overnight train, a private cabin with a private bathroom and shower costs 159 euros (per cabin for two). You can also reach Rovaniemi the same day by taking a morning train; if you're going alone, we recommend the seats above the restaurant cars because they have a great view of the landscape and scenery of northern Finland. We boarded a train early in the morning and arrived in Rovaniemi in the early afternoon, where we spent the rest of the day walking around the city and visiting the Arktikum Museum. The following morning, go see an eco-friendly husky farm. We booked our husky safari with a sustainable husky sledding business - Apukka Husky Adventure
Day 2: Visit Santa Claus and go shopping in Lapland
Lapland is the home of Santa Claus, and the town of Rovaniemi is the official home of St. Nick’s Christmas adventure. Visit the Santa Claus Village by taking a bus towards Kemijärvi from the Rovaniemi train station and hop off at the Napapiiri I stop right outside the Santa Claus village. You can also visit Santa Claus’s Post Office, where you can send a letter and gift to loved ones back home. When you’ve finished exploring the village, make your way to the Arctic Park, where you can see the Snow Village, Santa’s Snow Park, Santa’s Trail, and the Arctic Carousel. After exploring the park, head to the downtown area to visit the shops and markets. You can buy souvenirs and gifts, as well as taste the local food and sip on glogg, a traditional alcoholic drink.
Day 3: Visit Pyhä-Luosto National Park
After spending two days in Rovaniemi and seeing Santa Claus, it's time to head into Lapland's Pyhä-Luosto National Park to see the region's forests and lakes.
This park is home to the Snow Hotel and is the perfect place to experience a real winter wonderland. You can also visit the Kultahamari observation tower, which is only open from November to April. When you’ve finished exploring the park, head to the Old Rauma, a charming forested area that’s home to wooden architecture and pathways. You can also visit the Ethnographic Museum of Northern Peoples, where you can learn about the Sami people and other aboriginal groups in Lapland. We hired Arctic Road Trips to take us on a day trip to the national park while we were in Rovaniemi. Luisa from Arctic Road Trips took excellent care of us, even bringing a salmon with her to one of the stops to cook over an open fire.
Day 4: Northern Lights Hunting
Searching for the Northern Lights in Rovaniemi, Finland, is an unforgettable experience. The area is well-known for its breathtaking natural beauty and as a prime location to view the Northern Lights.
The best time to see the northern lights is during the dark winter months when there are longer periods of darkness, and the best way to see the lights is on a guided tour with a reputable company. Once again, Arctic Road Trips is our top pick. Because clouds can obscure the Northern Lights, it's important to check the forecast before setting out for Rovaniemi. While out on the hunt, find a place with unobstructed views of the sky, and then set up your camera. A tripod and a decent camera with a wide-angle lens are essential for getting the perfect shot. With some patience and a bit of luck, you'll be rewarded with the most incredible photos of your life.
There’s no better place to experience winter than Lapland. This area is a must-see for any traveler, thanks to its beautiful landscapes and the mesmerising Northern Lights. A 4-day trip to Lapland is the perfect amount of time to explore the region and take in the sights and sounds of a place that’s both rugged and captivating. This itinerary will give you a lot of things to remember, like snowshoeing in the woods, visiting a reindeer farm, and looking at the Northern Lights. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, this 4-day adventure in Finland’s Lapland is one you won’t want to miss.
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