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Far above the Arctic Circle, Saariselka offers a variety of activities in a stunning winter landscape.

What we love about Saariselka

  • Host to the Longest Toboggan run in Northern Europe
  • Festive streets during Christmas and New year
  • Its cross-country ski trails
  • Great viewpoint for the Northern Lights
  • Its cosmopolitan bars and restaurants

Saariselkä is a fantastic destination for a family holiday in Finnish Lapland, especially for those looking to meet Santa Claus and experience a range of exciting winter activities.

Meeting Santa Claus: - One of the main attractions in Saariselkä is the opportunity to visit Santa Claus' home and meet the jolly man himself. Several Santa Claus Village complexes offer this experience, complete with Santa's post office, elf workshops, and opportunities for children to share their wish lists. - These Santa experiences are designed to be truly magical, with beautiful Christmas decorations, friendly elves, and Santa himself greeting families in his cozy cabin.

Winter Activities: - Husky Sledding: Embark on an unforgettable adventure through the snowy wilderness, with a team of huskies pulling your sled. This is a quintessential Lapland experience that both children and adults will love. - Reindeer Rides: Learn about the Sami culture and their traditional way of life by taking a reindeer sleigh ride through the picturesque landscapes of Saariselkä. - Snowmobiling: Explore the vast, frozen landscapes of Lapland by embarking on a thrilling snowmobile safari, suitable for families with older children. - Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing: Enjoy the serene beauty of the winter wonderland by strapping on snowshoes or cross-country skis and venturing into the nearby forests and fells.

Other Family-Friendly Activities: - Northern Lights Viewing: Saariselkä is an excellent destination for witnessing the mesmerizing Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), providing a magical experience for the whole family. - Igloo and Snow Village Visits: Step into a world of ice and snow by visiting an igloo or snow village, where you can enjoy activities like ice sculpting, snow tubing, and more. - Winter Playground: Many resorts in Saariselkä offer dedicated winter playgrounds for children, complete with sledding hills, snow mazes, and other fun activities.

Accommodation: - Saariselkä offers a range of family-friendly accommodation options, including cosy log cabins, apartments, and hotels, many of which are designed with a Christmas or Lappish theme.

With its enchanting winter wonderland setting, opportunities to meet Santa Claus, and a wide range of exciting activities, Saariselkä is an amazing destination for a family holiday in Lapland, creating lasting memories for both children and adults alike.  

Some Facts

SaariselkaHas 2 fells:- Kaunispaci and Iisakkipaa
Ski-ing15 Ski slopes, 7 of which are floodlit
The Resortis 250 km North of the Arctic Circle
Local taxisThese can be requested at any local Hotel Reception
Northern LightsThere is a viewing platform at the Star Arctic hotel

Accommodation In Saariselka