10 hotels in Saariselka, Finland. From SPA hotel to rooms with glass roofed panorama view

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Saariselka is a small holiday village and the northernmost ski resort in Finland. Due to its location, Saariselka is popular among the Northern Lights chasers.

There are 10 hotels, few holidays resorts and hundreds of self-catering cottages and cabins in Saariselka.

Compare all Saariselka hotels here and find best deals starting from 60€/room. You can choose from SPA hotel with tropical water park, wilderness hotels or luxury top hill hotels with glass roofed rooms to see the Lapland panorama and the sky.
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1. Holiday Club Saariselkä

The northenmost SPA hotel in Europe close to the center of Saariselkä. Ideal for families with kids.

Tropical spa with indoor swimming pool, sauna, hot tube, massage jets.

Room price from 61€/night.

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2. Santa's Hotel Tunturi

The largest hotel in Saariselkä with 260 rooms. There are suites and deluxe rooms for a luxurious stay, 1-5 bedroom apartments for families or friends, superior and standard rooms.

The rooms and 3 restaurants are spread over 6 different buildings. Common sauna for free in the evenings. The nature paths, ski tracks and hiking routes start from the backyard of the hotel.

Price from 72€/night.

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3. Lapland Hotels Riekonlinna

Modest hotel next to Saariselkä holidays center. Accommodation includes hotel rooms (some are with sauna), combi-rooms, holiday apartments and suites. The holiday apartments are located 100 meters from the main building.

In-house partner activity provider Lapin Safarit can orginize safaris and nature trails hiking/biking tours.

Price from 76€/night.

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4. Fell Centre Kiilopää, Hotelli Niilanpää

Wilderness hotel close to nowhere and far away from light pollution. Good spot to chase for the Northern Lights.

Isolated location 15-minute drive from central Saariselkä. Only 1 bus per day to get to Saariselka and the airport.

Area activities include a smoke sauna, cross-country skiing, swimming in the Kiilopuro River. Guided skiing and snowshoeing tours are free for guests during high season.

Price from 80€/night.

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5. TOP Star Saariselkä 1

TOP Star Saariselkä 1 is an apart hotel. Individual panorama holiday cabins with glass wall and ceiling. Each unit is equipped with sauna, kitchenette, bathroom with a shower, wifi.

Top hill location. Panorama view to the valley and the sky. Ski-to-door access. Hiking, skiing and cycling. Downhill and toboggan slopes, snowmobile trails, safari and activity services nearby.

Breakfast can be ordered from Star Arctic Hotel - 200m.

Price from 160€/night.

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6. Saariselkä Kuukkeli Inn

Cheap accommodation right in the center of Saariselka. 7 twin rooms with shared facilities and wifi. Small common lounge and shared kitchen. 4 shared showers and wc. Daily sauna available, separate time for ladies and men.

Room price includes breakfast. Activities can be booked through reception.

Price from 65€/night.

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7 . Aparthotel Kuukkeli Aurora

Self-catering apartments and guest rooms 5 km from central Saariselkä. Apartments have full kitchen and a private bathroom. Guest rooms have shared access to a kitchen, bathroom and living area. Indoor swimming pool and communal sauna for men and women in a separate building.

Being far from Saariselkä village Aparthotel Kuukkeli Aurora suits to see Northern Lights. No need to go far from your rooms/apartments.

Price from 65€/night.

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8. Star Arctic Hotel

Small boutique style hotel located top of Kaunispää Mountain (“Beauty Hill”) of Saariselkä. It offers Glass cabins and Suits with glass wall. Panorama view of surrounding nature and the sky.

Ski-to-door access. Husky, reindeer, snowmobile safaris, Aurora hunting trip with reindeer or snowmobile possible.

Price from 163€/night.

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9. Wilderness Hotel Muotka

Hotel offers wilderness rooms, panorama log cabins, superior suites with sauna, Aurora cabin accommodation with glass roof.

Comfortable stay for Northern lights hunting, wilderness and outdoor activities. 41 km from Ivalo airport. Next to Kakslattanen area.

Price from 140€/night.

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10. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Family resort in Finnish Lapland, known as glass igloo hotel. It offers classical glass igloo from basic to upgraded with facilities, comfortable Kelo-glass igloos, snow igloos, log chalets, wedding chamber.

Suitable for big groups or travel package tours. Outdoor Lapland activities and experience program available.

Price from 224€/night.

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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

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.

Local restaurants also offer vegetarian menu options.

Janne Korkko video / Cuisine in Saariselkä Holiday Resort


Northern Lights in Saariselkä

Saariselkä has some few dark and open spots to see the Northern Lights.

Places with easy and free access:

* Snowshoe track around Saariselkä chapel;
* Spot close to Javri restaurant;
* The top of Kaunispää fell.

Guided Aurora tours lead to the best spots to see the Lights.
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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.

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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.

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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

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Saariselkä is very traditional Finnish holiday resort and peaceful tourism center. It is located in Finnish Lapland next to the Urho Kekkonen National Park. There is real wilderness and best possibilities to see the Northern Lights.

Kakslauttanen glass igloo village is located 10 km south from Saariselkä. It was the first glass igloo resort in Finland. Nowadays there are about 10 glass igloo hotels in Saariselkä - Ivalo area.

Other popular activities: 200 km of cross country skiing tracks, downhill skiing, Sami culture, reindeers and husky safaris, snowmobile guided tours, Aurora guided activities.

1. How to get to Saariselkä


Saariselkä is located 27 km from Ivalo airport. The easiest way to get to Saariselkä is via Helsinki (Finnish capital).

Helsinki-Vantaa international airport has flight connection with 45 countries worldwide. There are direct flights and charter flights available.


Ivalo airport has daily flight connection with Helsinki by Norwegian and Finnair.

By air: Helsinki-Ivalo, 4 flights per day.
Flight time - 1h40m.
Price from 39€.
Distance from the Ivalo airport to Saariselka: 27 km (bus or taxi).

By train: Helsinki - Rovaniemi daily trains by VR.
Duration - 8-12h.
Price from 68€.
Distance between Rovaniemi railway station and Helsinki: 250 km. There is bus to Saariselkä or rental car self-drive.

2. Best time to visit Saariselkä

We recommend to plan a trip to Saariselkä in Finland from end of November till mid April to get as much as possible from the Lapland trip and activities. This is also the best time to see the Northern Lights.

During winter time Saariselkä has plenty of snow, 200 km of perfect cross country skiing tracks, hiking tracks in the wilderness, downhill skiing slopes, husky and reindeer safaris, snowmobile safaris and many winter activities.

* December and January is time for Polar Night in Lapland. Between the 4th of December and th 8th of January the sun doesn’t rise above the horizon at all. There will be some kind of blue shining during a day (inbetween 10am to 2.30pm). So better to plan some outdoor activities for this time. Evening time is perfect for the Northern Lights guided tours.

3. Saariselkä weather

Average temperature in Saariselkä during winter is about -15 degrees Celsius. In winter the temperature can vary between 0 and -40 degrees celsius.

The snow depth is between 20 cm and 1 m. The first snow falls usually come in late October and the snow melts in May. The largest snow cover is in March.

Daytime temperatures in Saariselkä in the winter:

December: -20 to -10 degrees Celsius
January: -30 to -15 degrees Celsius
February: -20 to -15 degrees Celsius
March: -15 to -5 degrees Celsius

There is dry air and often windless which is comfortable and not so severely cold.

Saariselkä activity companies provide winter multi-layer clothes for rent. You can use it during safaris and outdoor activities as well as during all your Lapland holidays as daily overall. If you book am activity, winter clothes are provided for free. If you'd like to use it for the entire stay in Saariselkä, you can rent it for a fee.

FAQ about Saariselka Hotels

Which Saariselka hotels are good for families with kids?

Holiday Club Saariselkä is good for families as it has SPA and tropical water park with playing areas for kids. Star Arctic Hotel offers spacious rooms for families and locates next to ski slopes. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort has comfortable cabins for families and outdoor activities for kids, Santa experience.

Which Saariselka hotels are good for couples?

For couple Lapland holidays and romantic gateway best options are: TOP Star Saariselkä 1 cabins, Star Arctic Hotel, Wilderness Hotel Muotka. Those hotels offer great vies over the Lapland nature and wilderness, sky view, outdoor activities.

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.

Can I see the Northern Lights during my stay?

Theory: Saariselka is a good place for chasing the Aurora as it is located above the Arctic Circle and in the wilderness. The Northen Lights are visible in Lapland 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.

Practice: Northern Light trip to Lapland is like a casino. No one can guarantee the Northern Lights as it is natural phenomenon.

Which is the nearest airport to Saariselka?

The nearest airport is Ivalo airport, 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. Buses have stops almost next to all main hotels in Saariselka. The buses go according to the flight timetables. One-way fee for the bus is about 10€/person. Taxi and car rental also possible.

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