Northern Lights Holidays to Saariselkä
Sitting nestled amongst the fells and forests of Finnish Lapland, the ski village of Saariselkä is a popular destination with the Finns and equally so with our guests and staff. It offers the chance to combine a range of Arctic activities and Aurora hunting with some good downhill skiing - we know that for many of our guests this is an ideal combination for a winter holiday.
We can arrange a wealth of options here for our Aurora Zone clients, whether your stay in Saariselkä is part of one of our multi-destination holidays, an extension or wanting a tailor-made experience at the new Northern Lights Village.
The main draw of spending time in Saariselkä is the appeal of the ski slopes; they are amongst the best in Finland and the 15 slopes are a great place to spend a few days. There’s a range of terrain available and skiers of all abilities will be entertained. Skis and boots can be rented locally and ski lessons are also available to book (we recommend doing so in advance).Read more
The new Northern Lights Village has been lovingly created by one of the most renowned Aurora photographers and sits on the outskirts of Saariselkä amidst an enchanting Finnish forest. It offers guests the unique chance to stay in a half-glass roofed Aurora Cabin for the duration of their stay, providing unforgettable nights spent staring up at the Arctic sky in true tranquillity.
Our Muotka and Saariselkä Northern Lights Combination tour is ideal for those who want to combine a dedicated and active Northern Lights hunting holiday with three nights in the resort to enjoy the slopes or simply explore. We can help you tailor your time with a range of activities and you’ll stay in the warm and welcoming Hotel Riekonlinna in the heart of the village.
We can also arrange for our guests to add an extension of their chosen duration to the end of many of our holidays. This can be applied to our itineraries at Nellim, Muotka, Menesjärvi, Inari and Utsjoki and our Travel Experts will prepare a quotation for you based on your preferred requirements. We recommend around three nights here to give you two full days to enjoy the sights, the slopes and to explore at leisure.
Whilst you will have enjoyed many activities as part of your main holiday itinerary, there are many additional options that we can arrange here including dog sledding, snowmobiling, reindeer encounters and additional Northern Lights adventures.
If you prefer cross-country skiing to downhill (or you’ve picked up a taste for it during your holiday) then there are hundreds of kilometres of trails to enjoy and equipment can be easily hired locally.
The main street of the village is full of shops and restaurants that you can visit and there are many souvenirs to pick up if you feel inclined to take home a memento.
Whilst the village does provide relatively bright lights in comparison to our other destinations in the region, just a short walk from the village centre you can find dark skies which provide an ideal backdrop for any display of the Northern Lights. Many of our staff members have been lucky enough to witness the Northern Lights here as it is still prime Aurora territory – centrally located between many of our most popular destinations.
Photography by Lapland Safaris, Visit Finland, Vastavalo, Soili Jussila and Markku Inkila