A 5-Day Itinerary in Lapland, Finland

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Allison Vieira

  • Lapland

  • Finland

  • Active Travel

  • Family Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

  • Winter

  • Outdoors

  • Relaxation

This image depicts a snow covered wooden lodge surrounded by thick and snowy terrain with pine trees in the background and a vibrant blue sky.
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Dreaming of a winter wonderland? Lapland, Finland has got you covered! Immerse yourself in the magic of the Arctic at the Northern Lights Village, where you'll stay in cozy glass igloos. This itinerary offers a perfect balance of unique experiences, outdoor activities and relaxation, ensuring an unforgettable trip to Saariselkä.

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Day 1: Arrival, Reindeer Sleigh Ride and Orientation

This image depicts multiple snow covered huts with snow covered pine trees in the surrounding area beneath a cloudy sky.
  • Arrive in Saariselkä and check into your enchanting glass igloo accommodation at the Northern Lights Village.

  • Start your Lapland adventure with a magical reindeer sleigh ride through the snowy forests.

  • Experience the serene beauty of the winter landscape as you glide through the snow, led by a team of gentle reindeer.

  • In the evening, take a leisurely stroll around the village to familiarize yourself with the surroundings.

Day 2: Cross-country Skiing and Aurora Hunting

This image depicts a breathtaking view of the Northern Lights shining above pine trees at night.
  • Begin your day with a cross-country skiing adventure on the well-groomed trails around Saariselkä.

  • Enjoy the peacefulness of the snowy landscapes and the invigorating exercise.

  • In the evening, embark on a Northern Lights tour to search for the elusive aurora borealis. Choose from guided tours or venture out on your own to find the best viewing spots.

Day 3: Husky Safari and Cultural Experience

This image depicts a sled with dogs mushing through snowy trails with snow covered pine trees in the surrounding area.
  • Experience the thrill of a husky safari through the snowy forests surrounding Saariselkä.

  • Learn about the traditional Sami way of life and the important role of huskies in their culture.

  • Visit the Siida Sami Museum to delve deeper into the history and heritage of the indigenous Sami people.

Day 4: Snowshoeing and Relaxation

Two people snowshoeing throughout a snowy forest. One person is wearing a yellow hat, red jacket and green pants. The person on the right is wearing a red hat, green jacket and black pants.
  • Spend the day snowshoeing through the pristine wilderness surrounding Saariselkä.

  • Explore the snowy forests and maybe even climb to a viewpoint for panoramic views.

  • Visit one of the local spas for a soothing massage or sauna session.

Day 5: Snowmobile Safari and Departure

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  • Embark on an exhilarating snowmobile safari through the snowy landscapes of Lapland.

  • Feel the thrill of speeding through the pristine wilderness on a snowmobile.

  • Enjoy breathtaking views and the adrenaline rush of this unforgettable adventure.

  • Depart from Saariselkä, taking with you fond memories of your Lapland adventure at the Northern Lights Village.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Lapland. Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, Exploring Reykjavik, Iceland: A Travel Guide.