Photo by: Tero Turpeinen
Deep within the Arctic Circle lies Saariselkä, a captivating fell area nestled in the northern part of Lapland. Located a remarkable 250 kilometers from the starting point of the Arctic Circle, this town is steeped in mystic tales, boasts a rich Sami culture, and shimmers with an alluring sense of gold. Saariselkä invites visitors to discover its untouched wilderness, and to immerse themselves in the Nordic landscape filled with lakes, rivers, and majestic fells.
Saariselkä boasts an array of ski slopes making it an ideal destination for those new to skiing or snowboarding. Ski schools are available to provide lessons and guidance, allowing everyone to experience the breathtaking winter landscapes through skiing. One of the unique aspects of Saariselkä is its relatively untouched and remote location, which provides optimal conditions for viewing the mesmerizing Northern Lights. With minimal light pollution, the night sky comes alive with vibrant displays of dancing colors, creating a magical atmosphere.
Saariselkä offers a multitude of activities beyond skiing and Northern Lights gazing. The Urho Kekkonen National Park, located nearby, is an expanding wilderness area renowned for its untouched forests, rugged fells, and diverse wildlife. Saariselkä invites visitors to explore the national park with e-fatbikes as it has one of the best kept winter bike trails in the world! One can continue exploring the area on snowshoes, ice fishing tour, reindeer and husky sleigh rides that allow visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Saariselkä is also one of the best places for snowmobile adventures taking you over and around the great fells of the national park!
Saariselkä invites you to discover a range of unforgettable experiences during the summer season. From the chance to dig for gold and visit husky farms to exciting activities like river rafting and mountain biking, this destination offers a thrilling escape for nature enthusiasts. While the Aurora Borealis may not illuminate the night sky, Saariselkä compensates with the enchantment of endless daylight of the midnight sun, allowing you to make the most of your exploration.
GETTING TO SAARISELKÄ
Saariselkä is easily accessible by various means of transportation. The nearest airport is Ivalo Airport, which is just a 30-minute drive or bus ride from Saariselkä. Alternatively, you can reach Saariselkä by bus or car from Rovaniemi, within 3-4 hours.
Saariselkä provides a wide range of accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets. From cozy cottages and hotels to wilderness cabins and glass igloo resorts, there's something for everyone.
In addition to its natural beauty, Saariselkä also offers a variety of restaurants and shops. Despite being immersed in nature, visitors can find convenient amenities, including grocery stores, outdoors equipment shops, equipment rental ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay.