Located in the northwest of the beautiful Urho Kekkosen National Park, above the Arctic Circle in northern Lapland, Saariselka is a popular ski destination offering a good range of slopes for all abilities, extensive non-ski activities, a terrain park and half-pipe for snowboarders, and lively après-ski.
Saariselka is situated at 437 meters above sea, and is a fairly lively village offering a wide variety of services, including a ski school, ski and snowboard rentals and repairs, and great shopping, with some quality jewelers and handicraft shops to boot.
Saariselka’s pistes are both north-and-south-facing, and there are a total of 12 slopes over 10 kilometers of skiable terrain down a 180-meter vertical. Six T-bar lifts carry sliders to all slopes, the longest of which is 1.5 kilometers. Snowboarders are permitted to use all slopes and also have a terrain park and half-pipe.
Tourists are offered plenty of good hotels, comfortable holiday condominiums and some cozy pine cottages, while non-ski activities are in abundance and include: snowshoeing, snowmobiling and hiking, as well as indoor spas. There is also a great selection of fine restaurants which also provide après-ski options, along with top hotels and various dance bars.
Alternatives away from the slopes of Saariselka are numerous. Santa Claus’ village is not far and there are often Northern Lights excursions. The nearby village of Kakslauttanen features curious igloo abodes, and Laanila and Ivalojoki villages offer gold-panning. Tours to the shores of the Arctic Sea are also available.
The Saariselka ski season extends from November to May and for your convenience know that it is cheaper to visit at the beginning of the season. The most affordable means of transportation is to fly to nearby Ivalo, via Helsinki, and transfer to the resort by bus.
The local ski resort is a year-round holiday village with a six-month ski season from November onwards. It is situated way above the Arctic Circle and offers, among other facilities 12 pistes of varying degrees of difficulty, along with good non-ski and après-ski adventures.