RacingThePlanet: Lapland 2022 Itinerary
Host Towns in Finland

Arrival town: Rovaniemi is the gateway to Lapland! It is a modern city known for being the "official" home town of Santa Claus and for viewing the Northern Lights. Rovaniemi Airport is about 10km (6 miles) from the city centre and the Arctic Circle crosses the runway closer to its northern end. The course is a few hundred kilometers north from here.

HotelScandic Pohjanhovi

Finish town: Levi, a resort town in Western Lapland, is where the final celebrations take place and the event concludes. Levi is located 16km (10 miles) from Kittilä airport that has a daily flight to/from Helsinki. A shuttle bus service from Levi to Rovaniemi is also available for those traveling on from Rovaniemi.

HotelBreak Sokos Hotel


Flights: You can choose to book a return flight from Helsinki (HEL) to Rovaniemi (RVN). A 2.5 hour shuttle bus from Levi to Rovaniemi is available on Sunday morning on 21 August after the race and there are local transport options for those who plan to stay in Lapland for longer.

Alternatively, you can book a one way flight from Helsinki (HEL) to Rovaniemi (RVN) and to return, fly from Kittilä (KTT) to Helsinki.

For flight bookings, go to:

Train & bus: Rovaniemi is also connected by an approximately 8-hour train journey from Helsinki. Tickets are available at

Public buses operate around country and they can be booked at

Renting a car: If you wish to continue exploring Finland after the race, you can also rent a car from Kittilä or Rovaniemi. Options include Europcar, Hertz or Avis.

Note that a drop off at another location is generally available for an extra fee.

Thursday, 11 August 2022
  • Volunteers arrive (anytime).
Friday, 12 August 2022
  • Competitors arrive to the host town.
  • Volunteer training (all day).
  • Priority Check-In for the 4 Deserts Club members (TBC)
Saturday, 13 August 2022
  • Competitor Briefing (compulsory for ALL competitors)
  • Competitor Check-In, including administrative, medical and equipment review
Sunday, 14 August 2022
  • Start / Stage 1 - Over the Great Pallas
Monday, 15 August 2022
  • Stage 2 - The Three Lakes
Tuesday, 16 August 2022
  • Stage 3 - The Old Postal Road
Wednesday, 17 August 2022
  • Stage 4 - Between the Great Fells
Thursday, 18 August 2022
  • Stage 5 - The Long March: Through the Lands of Reindeer
Friday, 19 August 2022
  • Stage 5 - The Long March: Through the Lands of Reindeer - Continued
Saturday, 20 August 2022
  • Stage 6 - The Final Footsteps to Ylläs 
  • Conclusion of the race
  • Bus transfer to the host town
  • Awards Banquet
  • Competitors and volunteers stay overnight in the host town - hotel provided
Sunday, 21 August 2022
  • Race activities have concluded and you are ready to depart or continue your travels in Finland
*Note that all times are approximate and may change.