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Here you will find the authentic Lapland

In the northernmost Lapland of Finland the arctic travel area of Inari-Saariselkä is located. Living local culture, largest national parks in Finland and a variety of nature activities among fell scenery offer unique experiences year-round.

Travelling in the far North is an adventure filled with unexpected encounters with enchanting Lappish nature and intriguing local culture. Below you will find inspiration and many valuable reasons why to visit the northernmost Lapland.

Hunting the northern lights

This typical phenomenon of the polar region, also referred to as aurora borealis, occurs when the particles accelerated by the magnetic field of the Earth collide with airborne particles. Inari-Saariselkä is conveniently located under the Aurora oval, which means that the possibility for seeing the Northern Lights is excellent in the area.

On average, Northern Lights can be seen in Inari-Saariselkä area up to 200 nights a year from September to April – whenever the sky is clear from clouds and it is dark enough.

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winter road in Saariselkä

North Lapland road trip

The Northernmost road trip in Finland familiarizes travelers to authentic Lappish villages and incredible nature with warm-hearted services all around the region. Road trip starts from Tankavaara and travels to Saariselkä following the road through Ivalo towards Inari and Utsjoki area to the northernmost place in Finland, Nuorgam village.

During your trip you can also head towards west to Lemmenjoki or Karigasniemi. Do visit Sevettijärvi and Näätämö when heading towards North from Inari. While the regulations with border control allow it you can actually do the road trip as a round trip from Nuorgam to Näätämö by crossing the border to Norway and traveling alongside the Arctic Ocean and dip your toes to the sea.

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Open fell biking year-round

For mountain biking, we have something even better than mountains – our open fells. Take a snowy trail to the top and admire the infinite chain of round fells that don’t grow trees in the arctic climate. When the night falls, snuggle up by the fire or venture out to the pubs of an original Lapland village. Open Fell Biking in Saariselkä is a one of a kind experience. Within minutes from your cottage, you’ll be on top admiring the infinite chains of fells in the horizon. These big hills used to be mountains before the ice age rounded them and made them perfect for mountain biking. They’re ”open” because the arctic climate doesn’t allow them to grow trees.

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First snow starts the winter season

Saariselkä usually gets its first snow in October. The lakes freeze and nature falls into hibernation. The winter of the north continues with mystical polar night, the northern lights flare and the snow is soft and clean.
In Inari-Saariselkä, the winter season begins with the first snow, and the ski trails often open at the beginning of November. Spend your first snow holiday by Inari-Saariselkä versatile services, skiing, downhill skiing and admiring the northern lights! Enjoy the fresh open air, winter activities and discover the culture and traditions of the North.

First snow starts the winter season
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Winters many phases

In the Inari-Saariselkä region the winter lasts well over half a year, so there are plenty of opportunities for snowy winter activities. Try out cross-country skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing – you can learn a different sport every day!

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Spend your Christmas holiday in winter wonderland of Lapland!

Christmas in Lapland is always white, with an abundance of winter activities and the joy of the holiday season. The scenic, snowy, wintery landscape give this venue a real, worry-free, Christmas feel. Christmas feasts and various holiday programmes allow you to make the most of the holidays.

The Saariselkä chapel and other churches in the region provide a peaceful respite for visitors with busy lifestyles. Here the winter is snowy and welcomes you to experience the magic of the winter wonderland.

Christmas holiday in Lapland

Experience the authentic Sámi culture

The northernmost Lapland has a rich and unique culture. Inari-Saariselkä area is located in the homelands of the Sámi, Europe’s only recognized indigenous people. Sámi culture is a vibrant part of everyday life. Visitors are invited to explore more with local, Sámi-run companies.

Sámi culture

Autumn colors in Lapland

In autumn the colorful foliage delights visitors. The reduction in daylight prompts the plants to begin their winter preparations. Deciduous trees, shrubs and grass start to change color into deep shades of red, yellow and orange. In northern Lapland the autumn colors are at the most beautiful in September.

Autumn colors in 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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