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How to Spend 3 Days in Lapland

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How to Spend 3 Days in Lapland
Three days in Lapland give you enough time to see cultural highlights, explore Arctic landscapes, and take part in outdoor adventures. To make the most of your time and money, choose day trips that combine several activities. Here are some ideas for how to spend three days in Lapland. 

Day 1: Meet Santa and Reindeer
The regional capital of Rovaniemi is the starting point for most Lapland vacations and home to its star attraction—the Santa Village. If you’re traveling with kids, don’t miss the chance to meet Santa, explore elves’ workshops, and shop for Santa-themed souvenirs. Tours tend to include round-trip hotel transfers and a private meet-and-greet with Santa, with some featuring a reindeer sleigh ride or a visit to a reindeer farm. Don’t forget to post your Christmas cards at Santa’s official post office before you leave.

For your first night in Lapland, plan a Northern Lights safari. Though tours maximize your chance of spotting the natural phenomenon, sightings aren’t guaranteed, so planning a tour for your first night means that you’ll still have time for a second outing if you don’t get lucky the first time. Summer visitors can also enjoy the magic of the Arctic nights—opt for a guided hike, picnic, or bike ride beneath the Midnight Sun.

Day 2: Arctic Adventures
On day two, head to the ski resorts of Levi or Ylläs, where you can spend an action-packed day exploring Lapland’s Arctic landscapes. If you’re visiting in winter, you can take a husky-sled ride or snowmobile tour; go trekking through the snow on a snowshoe excursion; or hit the ski slopes. Summer visitors can hike, bike, or go horseback riding. 

Alternatively, the Pyhä-Luosto National Park offers a dramatic backdrop for outdoor activities. Day trips typically cover the Isokuru gorge and the Pyhä Waterfall, and include either a hike or the chance to go cross-country skiing. Some tours pay a visit to the Lampivaara Amethyst mine, Europe’s only active amethyst mine, where you can try digging for gemstones.

Spend your second evening at the Snow Village in Ylläs. Made entirely of snow and ice, the complex includes ice sculpture galleries, an ice chapel, an ice bar and restaurant, ice slides, and offers you the chance to sleep in a bed carved from ice. 

Day 3:  Discover Sami Culture 
Three days in Lapland mean that you can venture further afield and discover the wild landscapes of Northern Lapland. The small village of Inari serves as the gateway to the north and is an important center of Finland’s indigenous Sami people. Learn more about Sami Culture on a tour that covers the Siida Museum and the Sámi cultural center of Sajos, home to the Sami Parliament Hall. 

Another highlight of Inari is Inari Lake, which is best enjoyed from the water—set sail on a cruise or try your hand at ice fishing. The area around Lake Inari is also a prime spot for viewing the Northern Lights, so if you didn’t get chance to see the Aurora Borealis on your first try, it’s worth booking a second excursion. Spend your final night in Lapland at a traditional Finnish sauna, where you can relax in a wood-fired steam room before cooling down in a lake or ice bath. 
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Northern Lights Hunt Including Snacks on Campfire from Rovaniemi

Northern Lights Hunt Including Snacks on Campfire from Rovaniemi

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Scan the Arctic skies from one of the best Northern Lights viewing points near Rovaniemi on this 3-hour evening expedition. Travel through the countryside to a secret location on the shores of a lake, made welcoming by a crackling campfire and cozy Finnish tent. Then, watch for the lights aided by tips from an expert local guide. During your vigil, hear fun facts and legends about the lights; savor snacks and berry juice warmed on the fire; and with luck, catch a sighting of this spectacular natural phenomenon.
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  • 3 hours
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$114.60
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Private Full-Day Trip to Santa Claus Village from Levi

Private Full-Day Trip to Santa Claus Village from Levi

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Spend time at the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi on this 8-hour private trip from Levi. Travel by private vehicle through rural Lapland to this Santa-themed park, and enjoy the attractions independently. Meet the great man in the Santa Claus Office, send Santa-stamped greetings, and enjoy the elves’ workshops, restaurants, shops, and outdoor activities (own expense). Your experience includes round-trip private transport, hotel pickup and drop-off, and park entrance fees.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$408.36
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Arctic Circle Family Day

Arctic Circle Family Day

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Arctic adventures aren’t just for grown-ups; this day trip from Rovaniemi has treats to thrill the whole family. Starting deep in the forest, the experience kicks off with a husky ride to a frozen lake, followed by a snowmobile drive and a spot of ice fishing. You’ll then help create a Finnish smoked salmon meal, which is cooked and enjoyed around a bonfire. Use of winter clothes, such as overalls and boots, are included.
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  • 8 hours
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$342.29
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Trip to Pyhä-Luosto National Park and Amethyst Mine

Trip to Pyhä-Luosto National Park and Amethyst Mine

The Pyha-Luosto National Park and its forests, valleys, and rivers lies north of Rovaniemi. With this tour, enjoy a guided hike through the reserve—lush in summer and snowy in winter—without having to arrange transport, and with a guide to share background you’d miss independently. Plus, visit the park’s hillside amethyst mine to learn about and dig for one of the gemstones, and relax over a barbecue lunch.
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  • 7 hours
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$177.09
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City Tour And Santa Claus Village

City Tour And Santa Claus Village

Combine a comprehensive tour of Rovaniemi with a visit to the Santa Claus Village on this single tour. Booking both of these must-do activities together saves time figuring out logistics. Your guide will fill you in on the culture, history, and people of the city of Rovaniemi. The Santa Claus Village is a must-see traditional stop where Christmas magic comes alive.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$82.90
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Excursion To Santa Claus Village

Excursion To Santa Claus Village

Celebrate the magic of Christmas all year round by going to Santa Claus Village in Lapland. You won’t have to worry about getting lost, as round-trip transfers are included. Once you arrive in Santa Claus Village, you’ll visit Santa’s Main Post Office and learn how he sorts letters. Get the chance to purchase souvenirs, meet Santa, and cross the Arctic Circle too.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Snowmobile Safari to visit Reindeers at Wilderness camp, including lunch

Snowmobile Safari to visit Reindeers at Wilderness camp, including lunch

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Immerse yourself in Lapland’s winter landscape on a snowmobile tour along the river Ivalo, deep in the Finnish wilderness. Keep warm with a camp lunch and thermal equipment provided, and keep safe as you zoom along frozen trails under the supervision of a guide. Included pickup from nearby hotels ensures hassle-free access to the rural location.
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  • 4 hours
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Northern Lights Snowmobile Hunt

Northern Lights Snowmobile Hunt

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Combine a Northern Lights search with a snowmobile ride—and enjoy two activities in one all-inclusive, time-saving trip—with this tour from Rovaniemi. Book ahead to ensure your place, and race across the snowy expanses on a 2-person snowmobile to a camp. With luck, see the lights here over sausages and drinks around the campfire. The tour includes hotel transfers, with an upgrade option to ride a snowmobile solo.
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  • 3 hours
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Ice Fishing Safari to Lake Inari from Inari-village

Ice Fishing Safari to Lake Inari from Inari-village

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Experience the traditional Lappish sport of ice fishing on this guided winter safari from Inari village. With a third-generation fisherman guide, head out into the wilderness to catch some fish, then warm up around the open fire. All equipment, instruction, and thermal clothing are provided, so even beginners who have never fished before can enjoy the activity. Lunch and hot drinks are served around the campfire.
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  • 6 hours
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$206.02
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Sami Village Inari and Siida Museum by Car

Sami Village Inari and Siida Museum by Car

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Combine visits to the Inari Sami Village and the Siida Museum on this full-day guided tour from Rovaniemi. With all transportation from downtown Rovaniemi provided, there's no need to rent a car and you can relax on the ride between the multiple stops. You'll get a chance to buy handicrafts, take photos of the view over Inari Lake, and learn about Sami culture through guided visits.
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  • 6 hours
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$188.97
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Traditional Finnish Firewood Sauna

Traditional Finnish Firewood Sauna

This tour offers you the unique experience of visiting a Traditional Finnish firewood sauna.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$112.91
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Lakeside Midnight Sun & Sauna Experience

Lakeside Midnight Sun & Sauna Experience

For the most authentic Finnish experience, you just cannot miss out on a sauna. Our local guides will take you out to a lakeside cabin to experience a traditional, Finnish sauna.
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  • 4 hours
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$117.66
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