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Saariselka
Travel Guide

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.

Holiday Club Saariselkä Superior Apartments
Holiday Club Saariselkä Superior Apartments
4 out of 5
7 Saariseläntie, Saariselka
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Situated in Saariselka, this spa aparthotel is steps away from Angry Birds Activity Park Saariselka, Saariselka Ski Resort and Saariselkä Sport Resort. Pyhan ...
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Star Arctic Hotel
Star Arctic Hotel
4 out of 5
Kaunispää, Saariselka, Lapland
The price is £94 per night from 28 Apr to 29 Apr
Located in the mountains, this slopeside Saariselka hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access within 2 miles (3 km) of Pyhan Paavalin Chapel, Saariselkä Sport Resort ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (117 reviews)
"The aurora cabins were great, and the staff was very helpful."

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

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Aparthotel Kuukkeli Aurora
Aparthotel Kuukkeli Aurora
2.5 out of 5
Viskitie 10B, Saariselka
The price is £52 per night from 3 May to 4 May
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Urho Kekkonen National Park, Angry Birds Activity Park Saariselka and Saariselka Ski Resort. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (19 reviews)
"Located in a wood 4km away from city center with quite environment. Got kitchen and washing and drying facilities. Comfortable bed and heated floor in bathroom for morning shower. Little light pollution to see northern light and star. Taxi is easily accessible with hotline. Recommended for people ..."

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2019

Aparthotel Kuukkeli Aurora
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Holiday Club Saariselkä Superior Apartments
Holiday Club Saariselkä Superior Apartments
4 out of 5
7 Saariseläntie, Saariselka
Situated in Saariselka, this spa aparthotel is steps away from Angry Birds Activity Park Saariselka, Saariselka Ski Resort and Saariselkä Sport Resort. Pyhan ...
Holiday Club Saariselkä Superior Apartments
Vacation Home Pikkuporo a in Inari - 4 Persons, 1 Bedrooms
Vacation Home Pikkuporo a in Inari - 4 Persons, 1 Bedrooms
unnamed road, Saariselka, Lapland
The price is £168 per night from 12 May to 13 May
Situated in Saariselka, this holiday home is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Ruijanpolku and within 3 miles (5 km) of Angry Birds Activity Park Saariselka and Saariselka ...
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Apartments Kuukkeli Tokka
Apartments Kuukkeli Tokka
3 out of 5
Raitopolku 12B, Check In address Saariseläntie 1, Saariselka, Inari
The price is £91 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Located in the mountains, this Saariselka aparthotel offers ski-in/ski-out access and is within a 5-minute walk of Angry Birds Activity Park Saariselka, Saariselka ...
3.6/5Good! (10 reviews)
"This space is very cozy aka small. The issue was the lack of communication on the check in process. You have to go to local grocery store to check in. Took us a long time to figure out."

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

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6 Feb 2020

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

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3 Jan 2020

Great place, recommended a visit

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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.

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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.

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15 Mar 2019

wonderful varied cross country skiing during our stay in March

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