Nestled in the depths of the Arctic Circle, the northernmost ski resort of Europe has all the amenities of a well-developed town and is surrounded by the rolling fells of the stunning Lapland wilderness.
With over 220km of well-maintained cross-country tracks Saariselkä is a cross country skier's dream as well as a wonderful base for a whole host of winter activities. Just 20 minutes from the airport and only 50 minutes from the Sami Capital of Inari, Saariselkä is perfectly located whatever you have in mind.
skiLapland have hand-picked a selection of accommodation, from luxury lodges to wilderness escapes, Saariselkä and the surrounding area has something to suit your holiday needs.
The right slopes for me?
Good: The comfortable selection of wide green and blue slopes and passionate English speaking instructors make Saariselkä a great place to begin and improve on the snow.
Good: There is an interesting selection of tranquil tree-lined blue and red runs for the intermediate skier to explore.
Okay: Saariselkä has a limited number of advanced runs, but there is opportunity to ski through the trees for those seeking a challenge.
Excellent. With 220km of marked and well-maintained trails, many of which go through the nearby national park, Saariselkä is an incredible destination for those interested in cross country skiing.
Good: There is a well maintained half pipe and park, as well as some decent powder between the pistes.
Activities & Après
At more than 200km north of the Arctic circle your chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis are as good as it gets. You can book a reindeer drawn sled to cruise through the serene evening wilderness, visit the local husky farm or explore on a snowmobile safari. Saariselkä is at the heart of Sami culture and a great place to learn more about their history and lifestyle. Speak to your skiLapland expert today for more information and tailor made suggestions for activities and excursions.
- Sami culture and dining
- Husky sledding
- Snowmobile Safari
- Reindeer Safari
- Northern lights by reindeer sleigh or snowmobile
- Ice fishing
- Horseback or horse-drawn sleigh rides
- Bowling alley
- Toboggan run
- Traditional smoke sauna and ice swimming
- Panning for gold
Apres ski & eating out
There are a good range of bars in Saariselkä and generally the atmosphere is quiet and relaxed unless there are special events organised. The village is well-developed with a selection of shops and broad choice of restaurants, from hearty home cooked comforts to fine dining cuisine.