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Authentic Finnish Lapland

In the Far North of Finnish Lapland lies the arctic travel destination of Inari-Saariselkä. Lively local culture and numerous outdoor activities in the pure Lappish nature await you. Inari-Saariselkä is a family-friendly and year-round destination with unspoiled Arctic wilderness and good quality services. Here you will find inspiring topics, reasons to visit and useful information to prepare you for your holiday in the Far North.

Explore authentic Lapland

Inari-Saariselkä is a vast area in northernmost Finnish Lapland, with many exciting destinations and sights within.

Welcome to enjoy the opportunities for year-round travel offered by Finland’s two largest national parks, vibrant local culture, and numerous outdoor activities amid the majestic fells. Inari-Saariselkä is a unique, family-friendly destination with pristine, unspoiled Arctic wilderness and high-quality services.

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Northern Lights

The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, is one of nature’s most wonderful phenomena. The Northern Lights occur in late autumn, all winter and early spring all around the Arctic regions.

In Lapland, the two northernmost municipalities of Inari and Utsjoki are amongst the best places on earth to witness the Aurora.

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Exploring Sámi culture

The northernmost Lapland has a rich and unique culture of living in harmony with the arctic nature and changing seasons. Inari-Saariselkä area is located in the homelands of the Sámi, Europe’s only recognised indigenous people. Sámi culture is a vibrant part of everyday life in the villages of the Far North.

In Inari-Saariselkä region, you are invited to explore this vibrant culture with local, Sámi-run companies.

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Winter wonderland

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 – or you can hop on a sleigh pulled by adorable huskies or reindeer and experience the thrill of speed on a snowmobile safari. In the evening you can join an aurora hunting excursion and learn how to photograph the night sky and northern lights.

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Christmas holiday in 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. Here the winter is snowy and welcomes you to experience the magic of the winter wonderland.

Christmas & New Year in Lapland

National & Natural Parks

Inari-Saariselkä is a popular outdoor destination as it is the home to Finland’s two largest national parks – The Lemmenjoki National Park and Urho Kekkonen National Park. Well-marked trails and Finland’s densest network of wilderness cabins create a unique setting for hikers. The possibilities are endless and suit everyone. You can go for a multiday trekking adventure, or on a short day trip with the whole family.

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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.

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Summer and nightless nights

Summer in Lapland is short but light. For about four months, temperatures reach summery figures even though actual heatwaves are few and far between. Lapland offers the visitor the opportunity to enjoy a real, fresh northern summer. Lapland’s summer, with its white nights, is worth experiencing.

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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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