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Inari-Saariselkä – unique destination in the Far North

In the Far North of Finnish Lapland lies the arctic travel destination of Inari-Saariselkä. Welcome to enjoy the opportunities for year-round travel offered by Finland’s two largest national parks, vibrant local culture, and numerous outdoor activities amid the majestic fells. Inari-Saariselkä is a unique, family-friendly destination with pristine, unspoiled Arctic wilderness and high-quality services.

Midnight sun turn into autumn foliage


Throughout the heady summer months, the magical midnight sun shines round the clock, staying above the horizon for more than two months. Several wild berries and other superfoods from the pure nature ripen during the nightless nights. In autumn, a colourful nature’s phenomenon is the short but intense “ruska” season, the autumn foliage. This is the time when the northern landscape is painted in deep shades of yellow, red and orange as the trees and shrubs are changing colour.

Northern Lights light up the sky

When the days get shorter in early autumn, the aurora borealis light up the night sky – and continue to do so until late winter. Inari-Saariselkä is conveniently located under the Aurora oval, which means that the possibilities of seeing the Northern Lights are excellent. On average, Northern Lights can be seen in the Inari-Saariselkä area up to 200 nights a year – whenever the sky is clear from clouds, and it is dark enough.

The genuine Winter Wonderland

Soon the polar night will bring its magical atmosphere to the region, marking the beginning of snow-guaranteed winter months filled with fun winter activities. Put on snowshoes or skies, jump on a sleigh pulled by adorable reindeer, joyful huskies or powerful snowmobiles, or simply sit by an open fire sipping a cup of warm berry juice. The northern nature will allure you, and frosty fresh air will make you feel more alive than ever. Especially late winter is an excellent time for outdoor activities – the sun provides warmth, and it is light until late in the evening.

Vibrant Sámi culture

The Northernmost Lapland has a rich and unique culture of living in harmony with the arctic nature and changing seasons. Inari-Saariselkä area is located in the homelands of the Sámi, Europe’s only recognised indigenous people. Sámi culture is a vibrant part of everyday life and visitors are invited to explore the local lifestyle with Sámi-run companies.

Outdoor & hiking destination

Inari-Saariselkä is also a popular outdoor and hiking destination as it is home to Finland’s two biggest national parks – The Lemmenjoki National Park and Urho Kekkonen National Park. Well-marked trails and Finland’s densest network of day cabins and wilderness huts create a unique setting for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. The possibilities are endless and suit everyone – you can go for multiday trekking adventures in the wilderness, or on a short walk with children to the close-by fireplace. In every case, the nature experience is memorable.

Destinations

Inari-Saariselkä is a vast area in northernmost Finnish Lapland, with many exciting destinations and sights within. Get to know the different villages of the northern region – from the outdoor resort of Saariselkä to the centre of Sámi culture in Inari, and on to the northernmost tip of EU in Nuorgam. Ivalo with the international airport and good connections is the gateway to the North.   Travel Finland’s most beautiful road from Utsjoki to Karigasniemi, stay in Kaamanen on your way to the North Cape or visit the Arctic Ocean from Näätämö. All villages have their unique character – in Lemmenjoki you find Finland’s largest National Park and Nellim and Sevettijärvi will teach you a thing or two about Skolt Sámi culture.

In the villages of Inari-Saariselkä, you will find the authentic Finnish Lapland.

How to get here?

Inari-Saariselkä is far away in the North, yet just a few hours from Southern Finland. You can get to Lapland with multiple ways, and often the trip is an experience in itself.

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How to get around?

When travelling through the arctic hills, you must remember that distances are quite often long. Be sure to enjoy the views while making your way from a destination to another.

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