SAARISELKÄ FINLAND

The Northernmost Ski Resort in Finland
Glass igloo destination to see the Northern Lights

What is SAARISELKÄ in Finland?


Saariselkä is the northernmost Ski Resort in Finland, as well as Lapland winter activities center. Nowadays Saariselkä is a popular tourist destination due to Urho Kekkonen National Park, Sámi people living at the area, Gold mining legends of the area, Lapland scenery of Kaunispää and Iisakkipää fells, the Northern Lights and Glass igloo hotels.
Address: Kullanhuuhtojantie, 99831 Saariselkä, Finland
Janne Korkko video: Ski Saariselkä / The Northernmost Ski Resort in European Union
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Where Saariselkä is located?


Finland - Lapland - 250km north of the Arctic Circle - 30 km from Ivalo airport

By air: Helsinki - Ivalo daily flights. Flight time - 1h40m. Price from 39€. Finnair and Norwegian flights. Bus connections between Ivalo airport and Saariselkä village

By train: Helsinki - Rovaniemi daily trains by VR. Duration - 8-12h. Price from 68€.
Railway station: 250 km.
From train station: bus to Saariselkä or rental car self-drive.

Saariselkä Cross Country Ski


October - May is the cross-country skiing season in Saariselkä.
About 200 km of cross-country ski tracks, 34 km with illumination.

Ski trails along the breathtaking nature and scenery of Finnish Lapland. There are huts and shelters along the ski trails. Fell free to use it and relax, cook sausages and drink tea.
All tracks are accessible from the hotels and cottages of Saariselkä.

PLMsaariselka video / Cross Country Ski - Maastohiihto. Saariselkä
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Saariselkä Downhill Ski


End of November - May is the downhill skiing season in Saariselkä.
15 slopes, 7 of which are illuminated. Longest slope is 2km. Elevation 180 m.

Saariselkä downhill skiing center is located on 2 fells: Kaunispää and Iisakkipää slopes are suitable for all skill levels. A bit small resort for serious skiers or snowboarders. But great location to learn ski and have a winter fun outdoors skiing.

PRINOTH - Official video / Saariselkä Sport Resort (Finland)
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Saariselkä food


You can try Lapland cuisine and delicacies in Saariselkä from local food ingredients and at restaurants with Lappish décor. Almost all restaurants have reindeer meat options at their menu (reindeer sautéed, air-dried, or reindeer soup, etc). Local salmon and whitefish are also popular options to try.

It is good idea to choose Dinner set menu with 3 or 5 dishes on the menu to try all the best from Lapland tastes.

Janne Korkko video / Cuisine in Saariselkä Holiday Resort

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Saariselkä Angry Birds Activity Park


If you're travelling to Saariselkä with kids, this theme indoor activity park is a must! A cosy play area for kids and family members of all ages.

Opening Hours: Daily from 12.00 to 19.00
Entrance fee: 16 €/person. Under 4 year olds - free

Chris Purves / Angry Birds Activity Park Fun in Saariselka (Lapland)
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Santa's Home at Kakslauttanen resort


You do not need to drive far away from Saariselkä to meet Santa Claus. Santa's home at Kakslauttanen resort (10 km from Saariselkä village) awaits visitors at the end of wooden walking bridge, across a narrow river. Visiting only after booking in advance.

SantasResort video / Santa's Resort Kakslauttanen in Saariselkä

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Tropical SPA at Holiday Club Saariselkä


Saariselkä tropical spa is the northernmost spa in Europe. Jacuzzi, Massaging jets, Counter-current swimming pool, Water slide, Kid's pool and water toys, Sauna world - relaxing indoor experience.

Spa open daily at 15–20.30 p.m.
Price: Adults 18€, Children 4–14 years 12€, Kids under 4 - free.

Holiday Club Resorts Video
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Northern Lights at Saariselkä


Saariselkä has some good dark spots to see the Northern Lights.

Guided Aurora tours lead to the best spots to see the Lights. Also some places are free to visit and try the luck:

Snowshoe track around Saariselkä chapel;
Spot close to Javri restaurant;
The top of Kaunispää fell.
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Saariselkä as Glass Igloo destination


Due to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort popularity, Saariselkä is well-known worldwide for those want to spend a night at glass igloo.

Nowadays there are 6 Glass igloo hotels and resorts near Saariselkä to stay and sleep under the open sky and see the Northern Lights from a bed.

A complete list if Glass igloo hotels in Saariselkä can be found HERE
Kakslauttanen Glass Igloos
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5 November 2017 Northern Lights Photography Course
A five day (Sun-Thu) course on photographing the Aurora Borealis and nature in Utsjoki November 5-9th, 2017.
During the course you will take photos whenever possible, night and day. You will also learn how to edit photos in Adobe Lightroom.
The price of the course is 450€ per person. The price includes the five-day program. Accommodation and meals are not included.
99980 Utsjoki, Finland
18 November 2017
start 19.00
Aurora Chasing with Professional Photographer
18.11.2017 / 19:00 - 23:59 / Hotel Inari, Inari
Maximum of 6 people so the tour remains very cosy. This also allows great flexibility on the ground that we can cover to increase our chances to see the Northern Lights!
After an important safety briefing, we will start driving in the direction of the good weather. This will bring us either East to the Russian border, or further North or West to the Norwegian border. Sometimes we may even have to enter Norway and take photos on the shore of the Arctic Ocean!
Aurora hunt might last from 3 hours up to the entire night. THE PRICE for a full night of Aurora hunting, including hot drinks and some light snacks is, with a pick up in Inari: 165 euros / person (on the basis of up to 6 people in the tour). This includes photography tips and help with setting up your camera for those who need it.
Next event dates: 18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26 November
Hotel Inari, Inarintie 40, 99870 Inari, Finland
21 November 2017 19.00 Kota (Lappish Hut) Cooking Course
21.11.2017 / 17:00 - 21:00 / Santa´s Hotel Tunturi, Saariselkä
Cooking course is held in Santa’s Hotel Tunturi’s Lappish Hut, “Kota” and dinner is prepared on open fire. Lesson is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced food lovers where our chef gives instructions for the dinner preparing. This course has a minimum of 5 participants, maximum 15.
PRICE 105€ / person including teaching, dinner and “Kotakokkaaja” (=Lappish Hut Cook) apron.
Santa´s Hotel, Lutontie 3, 99830 Saariselka, Finland
22 November 2017 19.30 Aurora Dinner
22.11.2017 / 19:30 - 23:30 / Pro Safaris Lapin Luontolomat, Saariselkä
This evening begins with a transfer to our kota hut where the dinner is served. The kota hut is located in the middle of forest close to a small lake, far away of any town lights. While you enjoy your dinner the staff is keeping watch and informs if the Aurora Borealis appear! After the dinner we walk a short distance to the lake and wait for the Auroras. On the way back to Saariselkä we make two stops at the top of the fells.
PRICE 130€/person incl. transfers, guide, dinner with alcohol free drinks. Duration approx. 4 hours, starting time 19.30. Minimum 10 persons.
Lutontie 3, 99830 Saariselka, Finland
23 November 2017 The Polar Night Jazz Festival
The Polar Night Jazz Festival 23-26 November 20017 in Inari-Saariselkä Region will bring together some of the best Finnish performers, local sami artists and also an international guest from the Netherlands.
The festival programme is offering a variety of events, from dinner concerts at a banquet hotel or a cosy gourmet restaurant to short introductory performances at the central event corner, JazzArena or more intimate concerts in the local chapel or nature hut in the forest.
This event will see some unique performances linking different artists and music arrangements created only for the Polar Night Jazz Festival in the Far North.
The Northern Lights dancing in the skies and snow-covered trees will add to this unique experience in the Far North, some 250 km north of the Arctic Circle where music echoes in the harmony with the arctic environment.
Lutontie 3, 99830 Saariselka, Finland
24 November 2017
10:00 - 17:00
SKI SAARISELKÄ - SEASON OPENING
24.11.2017 - 26.11.2017 / 10:00 - 17:00 / Ski Saariselkä, Saariselkä
Welcome to the season opening weekend at Ski Saariselkä!
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