Culture and local life

Explore the Sámi culture in the Far North

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 and visitors are invited to explore more with local, Sámi-run companies.

Traditional Sámi trades include reindeer husbandry, hunting and gathering of natural products, small-scale agriculture and handicrafts. The centre of Finnish Sámi culture is Inari, which is home to the Sámi Parliament, Siida Sámi Museum and Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos. Utsjoki, on the other hand, is Finland’s only municipality with a majority of Sámi population. Therefore Inari-Saariselkä region is the best place to explore Sámi culture and the northern lifestyle.

Browse through the selection of cultural experiences below and learn more of the fascinating local lifestyle.

Activities in Inari-Saariselkä

Enjoy the purity of the arctic nature and the silence of the vast wilderness. Explore snow, midnight sun and the magical dance of the Northern Lights. Love carefree moments, learn something new and discover the vibrant local culture! There are plenty of interesting and unique activities in Inari-Saariselkä to explore.

There is plenty to do and see year-round, with something for everyone. You can try out different nature sports, explore the intriguing local lifestyle, learn from the arctic nature or simply enjoy the silence and just be. The Far North offers an authentic setting for you and your family to enjoy your holiday. See the selection of different experiences below and easily choose the right adventures for you!

You can browse the activities in Inari-Saariselkä by filtering your preferred location and chosen season. You can also select a specific activity category and quickly book your activities online.