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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

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

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)

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


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

Parque Angry Birds | Saariselkä | Finlandia

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

Santa Kakslauttanen

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

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.
Northern Lights

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
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Aurora hunting by minibus 3 h / daily

Take a warm and comfortable trip after Northern Lights by minibus. The guide knows where to drive and if there is luck, we will enjoy the unbelievable heaven show over the sky.

• daily
• departure: 8:30 PM
• duration: approx. 3 h
• minimum: 4 adults

• 75 € / person
• 37,50 € child 4-12 yrs.

Price includes
• transport by minibus
• guiding in Finnish and English
• traffic insurance
• ATT. pick up from the clients cabin/apartment/hotel is not included in the price - client should come 15 min before the start of the program to the Luontoloma Pro Safaris safari office in address: Lutontie 3 (back yard of Santa´s Hotel Tunturi main building)

Date: From 1 October 2019 every day
Address: back yard of Santa´s Hotel Tunturi main building,

Finnish smoke sauna evening / tuesday, wednesday, friday

The sauna world of Kiilopää is named Kuurakaltio. Kuurakaltio has two electrically heated saunas (separate saunas for men and women), dressing rooms and showers (separate for women and men), a smoke sauna (shared by men and women) and a swimming spot. During the wintertime the temperature of the water is approximately –1 ºC. Our excursion pampers you with the gentle warmth of the traditional Finnish smoke sauna. Between sauna sessions it is worth taking a dip in the fresh water of the arctic brook. Kiilopää is 16 km to south from Saariselkä center. More about area of Kiilopää.

More information
• Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
• smoke sauna 3-8 p.m.
• no minimum number of participants

• 13 € / adult
• child under 12 yrs. free of charge (child always with adult)
• 30 € / family ticket (2 adults + 2 children max 12 yrs.)

Price includes
• bathing in a smoke sauna
• possibility to swim

Price excludes
• transfers
• swimsuit
• towel

For hire
• swimsuit 5 € / person
• towel 5 € / person

Date: 5 November 2019
Address: Kiilopää,

Kingcrab safari in Kirkenes, a day journey, Tuesday

This exciting excursion will be heading to North Norway, Kirkenes. The trip is done by modern and comfortable coach and the guide will tell you about Lapland, Lake Inari, Sami culture, reindeer herding etc.

Breakfast will be served in Sevettijärvi village in a farm by the way to Kirkenes. Thermal gear will be changed in Kirkenes Snow hotel. A totally unforgettable experience awaits you on the frozen fjords of Kirkenes! After changing thermal gear (overalls, socks, boots and balaclava headwear), approx. 35 min sleigh ride pulled by snowmobile will start.

This is your chance to catch, learn how to cook and most importantly EAT this mysterious creature. The Arctic King crab is one of the most popular starter dish in top restaurants and now you have opportunity to taste it as its freshest, pulled from the fjord in front of your eyes. You can even help in sawing the hole in the ice and bring up the catch. Checking the crayfish traps will take approx. 40 min. Snowmobile sleigh ride will take us to a beautiful farmhouse by the lake and our master guide will prepare the caught crab for you to taste.

After lunch and short free time to see the area we ahead to Saariselkä. We will stop in Sevettijärvi village for meal by the return way. And if the weather is good in the evening, we can make a stop of few minutes for watching Aurora Borealis on the route Kirkenes - Saariselkä - Kakslauttanen.

• Tuesdays in November - December, 2019 - January - March 2020
• departure: at 5.30 AM from Saariselkä
• whole day trip 13,5 h
• arrival in Saariselkä: at 7 PM
• minimum: 1 person
Attention: you may start the safari in Saariselkä or Kakslauttanen

• 290 € / person
• 145 € / child under 10 yrs

Pick-up place and -time
• bus stop of Lapland Hotel Riekonlinna, Santa´s Hotel Tunturi and Holiday Club Saariselkä • pick-up time: at 5:30 AM • Kakslauttanen / East Village, outside of the reception maindoor
• pick-up time: at 5:15 AM

Price includes
• return bus transport
• guiding in Finnish / English / German
• breakfast in in Sevettijärvi at 8.15 AM
• thermal gear: overalls, socks, boots, gloves, balaclava headwear, helmet
• at 9.30 - 13.30 King crab safari (at 10.30 Norwegian time) - 3 h
• light King crab lunch during safari
• at 4 PM meal in Sevettijärvi (sautéed reindeer soup, bread, butter, dessert and coffee)

Date: 5 November 2019
Address: Lapland Hotel Riekonlinna, Santa´s Hotel Tunturi and Holiday Club Saariselkä,

Husky safari 1 h / mon, tue, wed, thu, fri, sa

Before the safari our guide gives you the driving and safety instructions.

You drive two per sledges, other on is the passanger and sits in the sledge, other one is the driver stands on the runers at the back of the sled. In half way you can swop the positions. Our guide is driving a dogteam in front and the guests will follow with their own teams (2/ sledge).

Our trails runs in the forest and on the hills. Driving a dog sledge requiers balance and some condition. In this safari everybody gets to drive by themselves.

After safari you have some time to take pictures with dogs and with puppies, if we have some at the moment.

• every day, except Sundays
• total duration: 2 h
• minimum: 2 adults
• pick-up time: at 1 PM (safari starts at 1:30 PM)
• pick-up place: Holiday Club Saariselkä - main door / entrance hall
Attention: ask also other available starts!

• 75 € / adult (2 people/sled)
• 150 € / adult (1 person/sled)
• 53 € / child 4-11 yrs.
Attention: this discount entitles child to a place in a sledge with adult

Price includes
• return transfer from Saariselkä (approx. 20 min / direction)
• driving and safety instruction lesson
• guidance in English, Germany, French, Finnish, Swedish
• a warm juice inside after safari
• sled driving approx. 5 km (approx. half an hour)
• husky info
• snuggle time with huskies and pups if we have some at the moment

Price excludes:
• thermal gear - you will need warm overall, boots, hat and gloves
• pick-up from Kakslauttanen - Kiilopää (please be in time at pick-up point
Attention: travel insurance is recommended - self liability 900 € / accident

Good to know
• driving huskie sleigh requiers good balance and average physical condition
• the trail is located in hilly area, so the drives should be able to help the dogs in uphills

Date: 22 November 2019
Address: Kakslauttanen - Kiilopää,

FAQ about Saariselkä

Where Saariselka is located?

Saariselkä Resort is located in Finland, Lapland are. It is the northernmost well developed winter resort in Finland as well as one of the best places to see the Northern Lights in Finland.

It is a very compact village in real Lapland wilderness, surrounded by authentic nature, fells and the Urho Kekkonen National Park.

Which is the nearest airport to Saariselka?

The nearest airport is Ivalo airport (IVL), approximately 30 km from Saariselka.

How can I reach Saariselkä from the airport?

There are buses running from the Ivalo airport to the centre of Saariselka resort. The buses go according to the flight timetables. One-way ticket is about 10€/person. Taxi and car rental also possible.

Do I need a car in Saariselkä?

No, car is not required there. You can have relaxing holiday without a car in Saariselkä. All services and activities are within a walking distance: skiing tracks, downhill slopes and lifts, nature trails, the SPA, restaurants, activity providers. Some activities has transfer from hotel to the starting point.

Only those who choose to stay in Kakslauttanen area (10-15 km south from Saariselkä) may need a car for hire as that area has limited public transport options.

Can I see the Northern Lights in Saariselkä?

Yes, you can. Saariselkä is one of the best destination for chasing the Northern Lights. Resort is located above the Arctic Circle in Lapland. The Northen Lights are visible here from late August till late April. If sky is clear (no clouds), Solar and magnetic activity is high, no full moon - chances to see the Lights are promising.

Please remember, the Northern Light is natural phenomenon. No one can guarantee the Northern Lights during your travel.

What hotels in Saariselka have the best panorama of the sky and the Northern Lights?

Star Arctic Hotel and TOP Star Saariselkä 1 cabins - both are located top hill with open valley and sky panorama. Fell Centre Kiilopää, Hotelli Niilanpää as it is located in a real wilderness far away from everything. Wilderness Hotel Muotka and Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort as they both have glass igloo accommodation specially designed to observe the Northen Lights.

What to do in Saariselka?

There are one of the best cross-country tracks in Saariselka open for training in early autumn (earliest ready in Finland). Downhill skiing for beginners and advanced skiers. Husky safaris, reindeer sleds rides, snowmobile safaris. Aurora camps and evening safaris, Aurora photo masterclasses. Snowshoeing.

Gold panning, hiking and trekking, Midningt Sun experience, Sami culture trip, salmon fishing - activities for summer and autumn seasons.

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