Winter Wonderland of Northernmost Lapland

Enjoy the winter at Inari-Saariselkä

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!

Inari-Saariselkä in the Far North

In the Far North of Finnish Lapland lies the arctic travel destination of Inari-Saariselkä. Welcome to enjoy the winter wonderland offered by Finland’s two largest national parks, vibrant local culture, and numerous wintry 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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Snow-guaranteed winter

Inari-Saariselkä gets the first snowflakes generally around October when temperatures start to drop and lakes begin to freeze over. Permanent snow cover usually comes around November and it marks the beginning of a snow-guaranteed winter season.

The mystical Polar Night period from December to January is when the sun remains below the horizon, painting the landscape in various shades of blue, pink and purple. In March and April the spring sun provides warmth, days are long and the snow cover is at its thickest at almost a metre deep.

Snowshoeing in Saariselkä

Winter activities & new experiences

Here 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.

Inari-Saariselkä is full of activities for the whole family!

Winter activities
Laskettelua Saariselällä

Northernmost ski centre

In Saariselkä, one can find the northernmost ski resort in Europe. The centre’s runs on two fells offer multiple choices for skiers and boarders of all levels. The Ski School offers a variety of lessons on various arts of snow sports.

Ski centre also operates Finland’s longest toboggan run, with of length of over a kilometre! The tobogganing slope is beautifully illuminated with aurora-inspired light art.

Saariselkä Ski Resort

Northern lights dance on the sky

The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, is one of nature’s most wonderful phenomena. The explosion of Northern Lights across the sky delights visitors from early autumn until late winter.

Northern Lapland is among the best places on earth to witness the Aurora. Maximise your opportunities of seeing the greatest show on Earth, and join a northern light excursion!

Experience northern lights

Explore Sámi culture

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

The village of Inari is the heart of the Sámi culture in Finland. The Sámi Museum, Sámi Cultural centre and Sámi parliament are all located in Inari. Utsjoki is Finland’s only municipality with a majority of Sámi population. The northernmost Lapland provides an opportunity to experience modern, everyday Sámi culture.

Explore Sámi Culture

Iglu hotels & other accommodation options

Whether you prefer to sleep under a duvet or a starry sky, there is a wide range of accommodation options available. From a high-class villa to an aurora cabin, or an all-inclusive hotel to cosy holiday apartment – you can find it all in Inari-Saariselkä.

Aurora accommodation under the starry sky, watching the Northern Lights dancing above your bed is an experience to remember!

Accommodation options

Arctic flavors of the North

Eating is not an insignificant indulgence during a Lapland holiday, quite the contrary! In Lappish cuisine, the meat often comes from the area’s reindeer herders. Fish originates from the clear waters of the Inari region and the nearby Arctic Ocean.

Whether you are in a fine-dining restaurant or on an outdoor lunch during your ice-fishing trip, you can taste the pure northern flavours in every mouthful.

Restaurants of the area

Winter activities in the Far North

Put on snowshoes or skies, jump on a sleigh ride or enjoy the arctic atmosphere by an open fire, sipping a cup of berry juice. Book your activities conveniently online.

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How to get here

You can quickly reach Finland’s northernmost airport Ivalo from Helsinki aboard Finnair and during the winter months, there are also connections from European cities. Buses, rental cars and taxis are at your service at Ivalo airport.

The train will take you to Rovaniemi, where you will find various bus connections to Northern Lapland. The bus routes take you through some of the most magnificent scenery, as far as the shores of the Arctic Ocean.

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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Arctic destinations of the Far North

Inari-Saariselkä is a vast area in northernmost Finnish Lapland, with many exciting destinations and sights within. In the villages of Inari-Saariselkä, you will find the authentic Finnish Lapland.

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