Events

hiekkatie ja pyöriä Saariselällä

Arctic Grind Saariselkä

Arctic Grind Saariselkä takes you through the rough and unspoiled nature of Finnish Lapland way above the Arctic Circle, around the outdoor resort of Saariselkä. Experience the landscape views atop the fells and discover some of the best gravel and forest roads in the area. Distances of 45, 110 and 140kms with up to 1800 height meters. The event area provides accommodation, catering and rental bikes. Airport shuttle from Ivalo airport can be booked.

The track runs along the gravel and forest roads around Saariselkä. Along the way, there will be some short tarmac sections as well as forest trails. The trail map will be published in detail late May, once the snow in Saariselkä melts and we can verify the track. Saariselkä is located in the fell area of Northernmost Finnish Lapland. The village is surrounded by two big wilderness areas – Urho Kekkonen national park and Hammastunturi wilderness area. The gravel roads run through the arctic forest and fell sceneries. Some major climbs and descents will be included in the trail.

More information and registration: nordicgravel.com/arctic-grind-saariselka-2020

mari boine in ijahis idja

Ijahis Idja – Indigenous Music Festival

Ijahis idja is a festival celebrating the music of indigenous peoples and has been held in Inari since 2004. The event is the only music festival held in Finland that concentrates on Sámi music. The Ijahis idja (‘Nightless Night’) Indigenous Music Festival is yearly held in the village of Inari, Finland. Festival venue is the Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos. You can listen and experience Sámi and other indigenous peoples music in festival events such as concerts, music seminars, workshops and crafts market. In 2020 the festival takes place 14th-15th of August.

More information: ijahisidja.fi
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pyöräilyä Saariselkä MTB Stages kilpailussa

Saariselkä MTB Stages

Saariselkä MTB Stages is not just another race! It is a three-day mountain bike stage race Around the wilderness of Saariselkä in northernmost Finland. During the race you get to enjoy the pristine trails of Urho Kekkonen national park and Hammastunturi Wilderness area. Along the 180 race kilometres you will pass the legendary Kulmakuru gorge, treeless Raututunturi fell area, and other geologically and historically unique destinations of Saariselkä.

The terrain of Saariselkä is known for its few key charasteristics. Although we don’t have huge mountains we still have some of Finland’s longest climbs and descents. Our fells also have some stones, which many people have noticed after having several punctures. 🙂

But not to worry, proper tires will last all of our stones. The fact that our trails go through some of the last real wilderness areas in Europe means that there aren’t many stuctures on the trails. Along the trails you will walk and ride through several small rivers and streams. Besides all of this, our trails are a real blast to ride on!

Each year a group of cyclist consisting of top elite athletes and enthusiast start for Saariselkä MTB Stages. However, Saariselkä MTB Stages is not a piece of cake – and it is not even supposed to be one. It is supposed to be the greates challenge of 2020 after which each finisher can feel like a champion!

More information: saariselkamtb.com