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SaariselkaFinland

If you follow the magnificent line of fells that make up Saariselkä, you will see the steep ravines of the Urho Kekkonen National Park, and you can also have a great time at the ski centre on two fells.

Saariselkä is in the heart of Lapland, a resort in the municipality of Inari that gets its name from the area of fells and wilderness that surrounds it. The Saariselkä tourist area was constructed in such a way as to cause as little disruption to nature as possible and, at the same time, ensure easy access to the tourist destinations. Start your holiday in Saariselkä by discovering the Northern Lights Trail, affording you a small taste of the wonderful Urho Kekkonen National Park. Then, climb one of the area’s fells for a splendid view of the rugged wilderness.

Saariselkä lies far away in the north, but Ivalo, for example, can be reached by air directly from Helsinki. The distinctive charm of the northern countryside is reason enough to holiday in Saariselkä, but the tourist resort particularly attracts keen skiers. The ski centre has fifteen slopes, many of which stay open until early May. Of special interest are Finland’s longest snowboarding track at Snow Park, and the kilometre-long sledging trail.

The area has been designed in such a way that travellers can enjoy a car-free stay in Saariselkä, with its offer of good services right in the middle of the wilderness. You can help protect the local environment by walking around the resort or taking the bus. An attempt has also been made to preserve Sami culture by providing tourists with the relevant information. Visit the exhibition entitled Towards the Arctic Ocean, with its display of costumes and artefacts, and see the collections at the Sami Museum, Siida, in Inari.

The most convenient way to visit many of sights in the Saariselkä area is by car. About 30 kilometres (19 miles) south of Saariselkä is the Koilliskaira Visitor Centre, which provides information about the Urho Kekkonen National Park, its wildlife and Sami culture. Meanwhile, a short distance away by car to the north of Saariselkä, you can have snowball fights right up until June, because it takes time for the compacted snow on the Kuusipää Hill snow fence to melt. If you are travelling by car, you should also view the landscape from the top of Kaunispää, the only fell in the area whose peak can be reached by road.

Among the many treats that Lapland has in store is the Prospector’s Mine, where you can gaze down into the abyss of an abandoned goldmine. A unique sight in Saariselkä is also the Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, with its snow igloos, ice bar and sealed glass igloos. If you ski along the trail from Saariselkä to Laanila, you can visit the Husky Bar & Ranch and make friends with the sled dogs.

No holiday to Saariselkä is complete, however, without a hike along the trails of the Urho Kekkonen National Park. You can trek through the park’s bleakly beautiful areas of wilderness on foot when the land is free of ice and snow, or on skis in wintertime. Close to the Saariselkä tourist resort are many marked routes, for those doing day-long hikes where no special trekking skills are required. The demands of the routes vary, catering both to those holidaying with children, as well as experienced trekkers.

The Saariselkä area offers travellers a fabulous assortment of outdoor activities all year long. Experience the enchantment of Lapland’s wilderness starting from Saariselkä.

Top hotels in Saariselka

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Club Saariselka
Holiday Club Saariselka
3 out of 5
Saariseläntie 7, Saariselka

Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is steps away from Angry Birds Activity Park Saariselka, Saariselka Ski Resort and Saariselkä Sport Resort. Pyhan Paavalin ...

3.8/5Good! (462 reviews)

"Loved the 3 bed apartment it had everything we needed"…"

Reviewed on 29 Feb 2020

Holiday Club Saariselka
Lapland Hotel Riekonlinna
Lapland Hotel Riekonlinna
3.5 out of 5
Saariseläntie 13, Saariselka

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Saariselkä Sport Resort, and within 25 mi (40 km) of Gold Prospector Museum and Koilliskaira Visitor ...

3.9/5Good! (143 reviews)

"The breakfast, location, and staff were all super."…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2019

Lapland Hotel Riekonlinna
Northern Lights Village Saariselkä
Northern Lights Village Saariselkä
4 out of 5
Rovaniementie 3222E, Saariselka
£331
per night
30 Mar-31 Mar

Situated in a rural location, this resort is within a 10-minute walk of Saariselkä Sport Resort, Saariselka Ski Resort and Angry Birds Activity Park Saariselka. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (80 reviews)

"Awesome place and so beautiful! We loved it! Every thing was great"…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Northern Lights Village Saariselkä

Popular things to do in Saariselka

Saariselkä Sport Resort
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Saariselkä Sport Resort

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Hit the slopes in Saariselka with a visit to Saariselkä Sport Resort. You can seek out the hiking trails while in the area.

Top activities in Saariselka

Snowshoe Trip for Ice Fishing in Ivalo
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Snowshoe Trip for Ice Fishing in Ivalo

£129
Per adult
Aurora Hunting Safari to Lake Inari from Saariselkä, dinner in Aurora Island
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Aurora Hunting Safari to Lake Inari from Saariselkä, dinner in Aurora Island

£141
Per adult
2 hour snowmobile tour
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2 hour snowmobile tour

£81
Per adult

Reviews of Saariselka

4.6

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5/5 - Excellent

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6 Feb 2020

Magical place! Lots of great activities to keep occupied during your stay.

5/5 - Excellent

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3 Jan 2020

Great place, recommended a visit

4/5 - Good

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3 Jan 2020

Loved Saariselkä. It’s not highly commercialised. There is no need for taxis with the regular buses. Ski slope nearby. Activity operators on your doorstep. Very quiet and picturesque.

5/5 - Excellent

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9 Dec 2019

Perfect sized town - everything is within walking distance and travel from the airport is very easy - no need for a car.

5/5 - Excellent

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15 Mar 2019

wonderful varied cross country skiing during our stay in March