Hundreds of specially trained reindeer with their drivers and service teams come to Inari to take part to the 68th Reindeer Championships. The racers stand on skis behind the reindeer. Reindeer Championships are organized as a knock-out competition, starting with qualifying heats and leading up to grand final on Sunday where the fastest fight it out for the title of Champion of Finland. As the overall winner is only crowned after the last race, suspense is guaranteed until the final moments. The Reindeer race has long traditions in Lapland and the reindeer are trained by using traditional knowledge.
Events in the region don’t get more local or traditional than this! The first Reindeer Championships were held in Inari in 1959. Snacks, drinks and other refreshments together with a wide range of local products are also available at the venue. The Reindeer Championships are an excellent venue for truly authentic souvenir shopping as a number of handicraft and jewelry makers have a stand at the race.
Come and enjoy an unforgettable day in Inari! Transportation is organized from Saariselkä and Ivalo to the race venue and back on both days. Race venue is on the Inari Lake by Holiday Village Inari, Inarintie 26, 99870 Inari. Ticket 10€ / adults, children under 12 years old free of charge.
Reindeer Championships Program 2020
Saturday 28.3. at 11.00
Supunki (lasso) throwing qualifying women and men
Junior series (8-13 years) 1000 m
Group start 1000 m
Silver Race qualification, group race 1000 m
Reindeer Cup award ceremony at Tradition Hotel Kultahovi at 9 pm
10.00 Lapland Hotel Riekonlinna, Santa’s Hotel Tunturi, Holiday Club Saariselkä
10.30 Ivalo bus station– Inari, race venue
16.30 Return transportation Inari, race venue – Ivalo – Saariselkä
10.00 Lapland Hotel Riekonliina, Santa’s Hotel Tunturi, Holiday Club Saariselkä
10.30 Ivalon bus station – Inari, race venue
18.00 Return transportation Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos – Ivalo – Saariselkä Tickets/ day:
20 € / adult
10 € / child
10 / 5 € / one way
15 € / adult
7 € child
7 / 3 € / one way
The bus ticket does not include ticket to the races, it has to be bought on site.
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.