Winter Routes of Saariselkä

Published: 20.03.2019
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The skiing season in northern Lapland really pampers the skier, because usually skiing is possible from October through to May. The winding fell terrain and national parks facilitate a variety of skiing challenges, more than enough for each day of your holiday. Within the Saariselkä area alone, there are around 200 kilometres of well-maintained cross-country skiing tracks, 34 kilometres of which are illuminated.

The track reports are published in saariselkanordicski.com and on a map where one can follow when each track is being groomed. Please note that nature trails are not groomed during stormy winds and snow storms. The ski track to Rautulampi is not maintained anymore because the day hut of Rautulampi has burned down.

The ski tracks from Saariselkä to Luttotupa and Moitakuru are open for skiers with dogs. At Moitakuru, there is a cafe that is open from Sunday to Friday (closed on Saturday) at 10:30-15. The cafe at Luulampi is open daily at 10-16. There will be a pop-up cafe on 9.-11.4. on the crossing of four ski tracks close to Rumakuru, that will be open at 10:30-15.

> Saariselkä ski tracks on a map
> Saariselkä Nordic Ski website
> Saariselkä Nordic Ski on Facebook
> Saariselkä-Laanila-Kiilopää winter walking and fatbiking trails
> Saariselän SkiBus timetable

Late winter is an excellent time for outdoor activities

The national park of Urho Kekkonen has tracks also for snowshoeing. You can rent equipment from the rental shops or book an activity with a professional safari company. The two-kilometer Aurora trail for instance is maintained for walking throughout the winter. The multipurpose trails of Saariselkä-Laanila-Kiilopää serves not only walkers but also winter bikers and our tail-wiggling visitors. The Saariselkä Ski Resort with its ski runs, tobogganing hill and ski school is open daily.

Check for more details at your accommodation provider or the tourist information services  or the events calendar. Moving around in Saariselkä is easy with the hop on – hop off SkiBus that runs in Saariselkä – Kaunispää – Kiilopää area.

The snow is at its thickest in the period from March-April at almost a metre deep. Late winter is an excellent time for outdoor activities: the sun provides warmth and it is light until late in the evening.