The Finnish government, in cooperation with the President of the Republic, has declared a state of emergency in Finland over coronavirus outbreak. The operators in Inari-Saariselkä region follow the instructions actively, which is why some services are restricted and events are cancelled. Public gatherings are limited to no more than ten persons. All cultural venues, national and municipal museums, libraries, leisure centres and sports facilities are closed. Finland’s borders are closed, which has an effect also on flight schedules.

Transportation in the area

Saariselkä Ski Bus stops operating after Monday 23.3.2020.

It is recommended that all flight schedules and updates are checked up before arriving at the airport. Cancellations and schedule changes are informed by airlines. It is also advisable to check public transportation schedules with operators, as there may be changes.

Foreign travellers in Inari-Saariselkä area

The foreign travellers who are currently in the Inari-Saariselkä area should plan their homebound travel. International air traffic is allowed to operate at Helsinki Airport, and there are flight options to many destinations. Travellers should contact their travel agent, tour operator or airline urgently to inquire about the possible changes or rerouting. Travellers from abroad are urged to leave Finland and return to their home country.  Furthermore, it is not possible to arrive in Finland on so-called pickup flights. Kindly notice that the tickets by Finnair can be changed exceptionally well now.

Services at Inari-Saariselkä

Many services in Inari-Saariselkä area have changed their operating times and some are temporarily closed. For example, all restaurants are closed on the government’s rule (excluding take-away). See the area’s service providers in Activities and Accommodation sites. Exact opening times of each service provider can be found from the service provider’s website.

Saariselkä Ski & Sport Resort has closed the ski slopes on Monday 23rd March. The ski track maintenance will continue for local residents’ usage until 2nd of May, or until further notice.

Tourist information and Metsähallitus services

The services of tourist information and Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland, are available online, by telephone and by email. Contact details of the area’s tourist information service can be found here.

The reservable and rental huts in the wilderness are closed for the spring season. Day huts located close to Saariselkä and Kiilopää area are locked. The wilderness cafes of Moitakuru and Luulampi are closed. Also, the day huts around Inari hiking area are closed.

What to do if you suspect a coronavirus infection

If you suspect that you have coronavirus, please contact the health care centre by telephone for advice on what to do next. The spread of infections caused by the coronavirus is prevented in the same way as for other causes of respiratory infections. Wash your hands with soap and water and cough into your elbow or use a disposable tissue.

Ivalo health care centre phone number +358 40 770 9187.

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We follow the situation in the area and update the web page accordingly. Last updated: 4.4.2020.

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