Saariselkä

In the Saariselkä fell village all services are within walking distance...

The Inari municipality is one of Finland’s most significant and international tourism districts.

Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit our region each year and the tourist seasons change fluently according to the four spectacular seasons.

Along highway no. 4, approximately 250 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle is Europe's northernmost holiday resort, Saariselkä. The resort is located in the Municipality of Inari right by the Saariselkä fell region and UKK National Park. Situated close to Saariselkä, Ivalo Airport is Finland’s northernmost airport. The airport bus travels between the Saariselkä resort and Ivalo Airport for every scheduled flight.

In the Saariselkä fell village all services are within walking distance. In addition to boasting high standard services, hotels, restaurants, spa and a variety of activities, Saariselkä provides people traversing nature with an abundance of well marked cross-country skiing and hiking trails. The cross-country ski trail network that partly travels through the Urho Kekkonen National Park connects the Saariselkä fell resort with the Kiilopää fell resort. The scenic trails of Saariselkä, with service network alongside, form a unique entirety and have been tested to be Finland’s best. The downhill skiing slopes of the two fells Iisakkipää and Kaunispää are suitable for downhill skiers of every level of ability.

The colourful history of gold prospecting in the area fascinates many. Surrounding Saariselkä is the most expansive fell highland region in Europe; where nature’s purity, beauty and tranquillity of the fells gives you space to take it easy.

Sights and places to visit

Urho Kekkonen National Park

Finland’s second largest national park, the Urho Kekkonen National Park, comprises the fell regions of Saariselkä, as well as the forest regions of the northern sections of the municipalities of Savukoski and Salla. This area named Koilliskaira is one of the last wilderness regions of Western Europe. The task of the National Park is the preservation of the native forest, bog and fell countryside.

Siida

SIIDA is the home of the Sámi Museum and the Northern Lapland Nature Centre. With its cultural and nature exhibitions, it is both a meeting place and an exhibition center. SIIDA provides the visitor with new experiences and information on Sámi culture and nature of Northern Lapland. By bringing their knowledge and skills together, the Sámi Museum and the Northern Lapland Nature Centre have created an unforgettable exhibition. Restaurant Sarrit is located Siida.

Opening times
Jun 1 - Sep 30, open daily 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Oct 1 - May 31, open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mondays closed
Dec. 24th-25th (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) closed. Open on Easter Monday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 
Lemmenjoki Gold Area

The first gold fever attracted diggers to Lemmenjoki already in the beginning of the last century. The actual gold rush, however, was after the war in 1940s, when at the best time there were more than hundred claims in the area. Mechanical gold digging was tried for the first time in the beginning of the 1950s. Today there are roughly as many diggers as during the gold rush, but the use of digging machines has changed the process. The marked trail from Lake Ravadasjärvi via Jäkälä-äytsi to Kultahamina goes through claims of different ages.

Kevo nature reserve, 712 km²

Kevo Nature Reserve is situated in Utsjoki municipality and it was established in 1956. Hiking is only allowed in marked Kevo Trail which is 63 km long. One can hike the Kevo Trail either starting from Utsjoki-Kaamanen road (parking place along the road) or from Karigasniemi-Kaamanen road (parking place along the road).