The Polar Night and its magical colors set a very special scenery for the Christmas time in the Far North, some 260km North of the Arctic Circle. Christmas in Inari-Saariselkä is always white, with an abundance of winter activities and the joy of the holiday season. In the events calendar you can find information on the upcoming events. The Saariselkä chapel and other churches in the region provide a peaceful respite for visitors with busy lifestyles, and the parish on Inari organizes many events during the holidays.
What to do during the Holidays
The Christmas peace declaration is given at the top of Kaunispää on 24.12 at 12noon. Christmas feasts and various holiday programmes allow you to make the most of the holidays. The table is set for a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner on 24th December for example in Laanilan Kievari and Laanilan Savotta Cafe as well as at Kiilopää restaurant. It is advisable to make the table reservation well in advance to secure the place at the Christmas feast.
The national park of Urho Kekkonen has diverse tracks for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. You can rent equipment from the rental shops or book an activity with a professional safari company.The Saariselkä Ski Resort with its ski runs, tobogganing hill and ski school is open daily. Our weekly programme offers a great array of activities for the entire duration of your stay. Check for more details at your accommodation provider or the tourist information services or the events calendar.
Moving around is easy with the hop on – hop off SkiBus that runs in Saariselkä – Kaunisapää – Kiilopää area.
Here the winter is always white, peaceful and filled with the magic of the polar night. The scenic, snowy, wintery landscape give this venue a real, worry-free, Christmas feel.