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This is Saariselkä

Downhill skiing on two fells

Saariselkä is very traditional and peaceful tourism center. The downhill slopes are situated on two opposite fell slopes. From both off the fells, from the fell Kaunispää and the fell Iisakkipää, the slopes run to the same canyon. That is why it is easy to see the whole slope area at one glance from the fell top. Linkki Ski Saariselkä. Ski Saariselkä Sport Resort

From the center of Saariselkä it is approximately 1km distance to the ski lifts. During the skiing season Skibus drives between the village, cabins, and ski lifts many times per day. From the top of the fell Kaunispää it is possible to ski via transition slope directly to the center of the village. The same slope is Finland´s longest toboggan run, 1200m. (Construction work on Kaunispää concerns also the Toboggan run)

To the top of the fell Iisakkipää it is possible to go only by ski lift. To the top of the fell Kaunispää it is also possible to drive by car. Summit of Kaunispää

Compact tourism village in the middle of wilderness

The village of Saariselkä is built to be a tourism center and it is very compact. All the services, hotels, and restaurants are located close to each other and that is why the walking distances inside the village are small. This means also that even when you are living in the center of the village surrounded by all the modern services, the Lappish nature is still all the time very close.

The area of Saariselkä is famous for its open fell sceneries, fresh air, and pure nature.

  • The freedom of the wilderness can be sensed clearly even only couple of hundred meters from the village center

LIn Saariselkä there are over 200km of cross-country ski trails which of 34km are illuminated. Part of the cross-country ski trails run in the authentic fell nature in the area of Urho Kekkonen national park.

You will get a good view of the fell sceneries on a skiing tour. You can also have a break along your skiing tour and admire the nature. Saariselkä ski track info

In the summer time Saariselkä offers good hiking possibilities for both shorter and longer hikes. Summer routes in Saariselkä.pdf

Saariselkä Treklife introduces the amazing hiking possibilities of Saariselkä and its surroundings from nature tourism perspective 

Accommodation in Saariselkä

There are cabins and apartments of different sizes in Saariselkä. There are for example suitable options for families, couples, business groups, and nature lovers

Cabins and apartments

The cabins and apartments are located on the these areas in and around Saariselkä.

  • Saariselkä:
    • Kaunispään Etelärinne, 1-3 km from center of Saariselkä village
    • Vanhaselkä, 1 km from center of Saariselkä village
    • Luttorinne, 2 km from center of Saariselkä village
    • Laanila, 4-5 km from center of Saariselkä village
  • Kiilopää ja Kakslauttanen
    • Kakslauttanen, 10-12 km from center of Saariselkä village
    • Kiilopää, 16 km from center of Saariselkä village

Map of Saariselkä cabin areas.pdf

The Kiilopää fell center is also a part of the Saariselkä tourism center. It is situated 16km south from the center of Saariselkä. Next to Kiilopää is situated Hotel Kakslauttanen

Hotels and restaurants

In Saariselkä there are three bigger hotels Santa’s Hotel Tunturi, Lapland Hotel Riekonlinna ja Spa Hotel Holiday Club Saariselkä. Besides, there are several smaller hotels and pensionso.

In Saariselkä there are more than ten restaurants and different menus. There are available Lappish a la carte, traditional Lappish food, pizza, and burger.  Restaurants in Saariselkä

Things to do and places to visit

All the most popular activities in Saariselkä have something to do with the fabulous fell sceneries of the area. Mountain bikes, skis, and sledges offer possibilities to go to the nature. Guided tours and safaris are organized all year round.

In Saariselkä there is an Angry Birds Activity Park which is located in Holiday Club Saariselkä Hotel. Safaris and activities of different kinds are organized by different companies, and there is also a possibility for tailor-made services. You can have a look at Saariselkä daily program and Places to visit

Other services

Shops and stores

There are two grocery stores in Saariselkä, Lähikauppa Tarmo and Supermarket Kuukkeli. Outdoor clothes and hiking equipment can be found from for example Partioaitta, Ski Wear and Kuukkeli. There are also several shops in Saariselkä which sell jewellery, souvenirs, gifts, and design products. You can also find wellness and hair dresser´s services in the village.

Map of Saariselkä

Rental equipment

You can rent and buy bikes from Kona Shop Saariselkä which you can find from Saariselkä Booking reception.
Top Safaris, Luonto-Loma Pro Safaris ja Suomen Latu Kiilopää rent cross-country ski and trekking equipment. Ski Saariselkä Sport Resort (ski lifts) rents alpine skiing and snowboarding equipment.
Car rental office Sixt operates in Santa´s Hotel Tunturi. You can find Hertz and Europcar rental offices at Ivalo Airport.

Good to know

Most of the services and hotels are located in the center of Saariselkä. Restaurant Kaunispään Huippu, Hotel Laanihovi, Restaurant Laanilan Kievari, and Ski Saariselkä are exceptions

In Saariselkä there are also:

  • Neste Saariselkä gasoline station
  • Bank automat
  • Kiehinen Info
  • Alko (alcohol shop)

Towing service: Lapin Hinauspalvelu  (Falck) 24h, tel. +358 (0) 16 313 300.

Ivalo is the capital of the municipality of Inari and it is located 30km north from Saariselkä. There you can find for example health care center, bank office, and library. Inari municipality