Salla

Salla is surrounded by Europe’s largest wilderness region that lives its own life...

You can feel at home in idyllic Salla. Life in the wilderness is a little different, allowing you to breathe easily to the rhythm of the wilderness…

The rugged landscapes of Salla are the birthplace of Finnish cross-country skiing. As far as is known, people were skiing in Salla before the Common Era, which is evident from the oldest ski in the world found in Salla that is over 5,000 years old. Salla was also the venue for Finland’s first downhill racing and slalom Finnish championships back in 1937. The well-established professionalism obtained combined with the diverse downhill skiing slopes and cross-country skiing trails to provide skiing experiences difficult to find elsewhere.

Salla is surrounded by Europe’s largest wilderness region that lives its own life as it has done for millions of years – being tranquil and picturesque, wild and unable to be tamed. The proximity of Russia and the international border crossing point give the region its own mystic exoticism. You can feel the atmosphere made by history when you visit the numerous battlefields of the Second World War. War left its mark in nature, marks that can still be seen today; with war material, trenches, bunkers and landmarks.

The diverse and high standard of services in Salla assures home-like comforts, and still provides the perfect getaway from everyday life. There is no need to compromise home comforts and services, completely the opposite. In Salla, you can rest your head on soft pillows in hotels or cabins, with different sizes and standards available. Restaurant services, shops, spa, activity services and other services required by visitors are at your disposal throughout the year. Professional and experienced guides will take you on excursions and safaris into the excitement of the wilderness by snowmobiles, huskies, reindeer, snowshoes, ATVs, canoes and even church boats.

Sights and places to visit

Hautajärvi Visitor Centre

The Hautajärvi Visitor Centre presents the Oulanka National Park, the Bear’s Trail and the history of the region, as well as providing information about the special characteristics of the bog nature. The Visitor Centre provides you information about outdoor pursuits, services in the region and Metsähallitus (former Finnish Forest & Park Service).

Riutukka Log Floating Facility

The Riutukka log floating facility is located along the Raakunjoki River. The Raakunjoki River belongs to the River Kemijoki waterway which in its heyday had log floating routes covering a total of almost 4,000 kilometres. The Riutukka logging and log floating buildings and log floating chutes were restored in 1991 – 1992 to cater to reindeer herdsmen, other local inhabitants, and people visiting the region.

Salla Reindeer Park

The main building of the Reindeer Park houses the Forest Hall Exhibition, predator display and visiting art exhibitions. There is also a cafeteria, souvenir shop and an auditorium seating 130 persons. A reindeer park covering 200 hectares with reindeer and hiking trails. Activity programmes in the summer and winter.

Oulanka National Park

The Oulanka National Park is located in the South Salla and Kuusamo regions. The Oulanka National Park is an excellent place for organising excursions. The popular Karhunkierros (Bear’s Trail) travels through the park. Shorter day trips lasting a few hours can also give you a good overall picture of the Oulanka nature and enable you to enjoy the surrounding national landscapes.

Revontuli Spa

The spa completed in spring 2007 in connection with Hotel Revontuli provides visitors with opportunities for relaxation between fun activities and nature experiences. The spa has breathtaking views over the downhill skiing slopes on the Salla Fell and easy access to cross-country skiing and hiking trails.

Tuntsa Wilderness Region

Located in North Salla, the Tuntsa Wilderness Region boasts views over Europe’s largest wilderness that continues far over the border into Russia. Tuntsa is a popular area for excursions, fishing and hunting. The UKK route traverses the entire Tuntsa wilderness region, which makes exploring the area easy.