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Saariselka

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 located approximately 250 km North of the Arctic Circle and is one of Europe`s most northerly holiday resorts as well as Finland’s most northerly ski resort. The area is reachable via Ivalo, Finland's most northerly airport, which is 30 km away.

Saariselkä is a small but charming resort with all the amenities and facilities in easy walking distance of one another. With several incredible viewpoints,  Saariselkä is a popular tourist destination due to its numerous natural gems, including the Urho Kekkonen National Park, gold mining legends, the breathtaking beauty of the Kaunispää and Lisakkipää Fells just to name a few. Tourists, enthusiasts, and environmentalists are drawn to the area by the historical significance and expertise of the Sámi people, who still call it home.

The biggest draw for tourism in the winter months is Santa and the slopes in equal measure. Due to the ideal skiing conditions, you may add some ski fun to your Santa holiday (time permitting) at the ski resort, which has 15 slopes (10 of which are floodlit) and 6 ski lifts. While the slopes are suitable for all skill levels, serious skiers and snowboarders will head to the larger ski resorts and the more challenging slopes however Saariselkä is a great location to learn ski or to practice your intermediate skills on the well-kept slopes while you are staying in the resort.

If skiing or snowboarding isn't your thing, then you could try the toboggan run. A 1.8km run was constructed on Kaunispää Fell in 2016. The high-quality track is located just beside The Star Arctic Hotel and is easily accessible by the chairlift at the ski school (payable locally).

If you're searching for the Northern Lights, the resort features several ideal 'Dark Sky' locations where the lack of light pollution provides for optimal viewing of the Aurora Borealis if they appear! If there is aurora activity, the purposefully created north facing viewing platform at the top of Kaunispää Fell, next to the Star Arctic hotel, is the best place to go. For those staying in Saariselkä town it is possible to organise a taxi to the top of the fell.  Other areas where you can view the Northern Lights are the Snowshoe track around Saariselkä chapel and an area close to Javri restaurant which is a short walk from the Saariselkä Inn.

For those wanting a bit of relaxation and/or a change from outdoor activities, the Tropical Spa at Holiday Club Hotel Saariselkä offers a selection of beauty and massage treatments. The spa is Europe’s most Northern spa and offers Jacuzzi, massaging jets, counter-current swimming pool, a water slide and kid's pool along with Sauna world, a relaxing indoor experience (all payable locally).

 

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

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