Northern Lights Village Saariselkä – Autumn Lights Tailor Made

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Saariselkä, surrounded by stunning wilderness, has a fantastic Northern Lights record. At the Northern Lights Village, you’ll spend every night in a glass-roofed Aurora Cabin where you can see nature’s greatest show from the comfort of your bed. Autumn in Finland also brings vibrant colours and a range of activities for you to choose from.

Saariselkä is nestled amidst the fells and forests of North Eastern Finland, high above the Arctic Circle. It is a prime location for Aurora activity and the Northern Lights Village offers the ingenious glass-roofed and cosy, Aurora Cabins, which is separated from the town by thick forest. Unlike other destinations where Aurora accommodation may only be for a single night, here, you get to spend the whole of your holiday in one of the cabins. The tailor-made aspect of the holiday ensures that you can maximise your potential for spotting the Aurora by choosing Aurora activities, such as an adventure to the prime viewpoint at Paatsjoki Bridge. In addition, we also offer a range of daytime activities that allows you to explore the autumn landscape and delve deeper into the culture of Lapland.

Autumn is a particularly special time to visit the Arctic. September is the peak of the Finnish "Ruska", a local term referring to the changing colours of the leaves. The landscapes are bathed in vibrant shades of orange and brown, but as you approach November, you may experience the first snows of winter.

There is an assortment of activities available that focus on exploring the autumn landscapes. The Urho Kekkonen National Park showcases the very best of the Finnish "Ruska". The pine forest and isolated fells are highlighted by the colours of autumn and the park is home to an abundance of birdlife.

A day trip to Inari includes a relaxing drive along the shores of Lake Inari, combined with a visit to the Sámi Siida Museum which provides a fascinating insight into the indigenous Sámi culture.

A particular highlight in Saariselka is an interesting and rewarding trip to the Tankavaara Gold Village, which is said to be the only international museum in the world displaying the past and present of gold panning and prospecting. After a tour of the museum, you can try your hand at searching for gold. Anything you discover is yours to keep, so search hard enough and you may find your fortune in Lapland.

To conclude, this tailor-made holiday is ideal for Aurora seekers who want to potentially experience delightful displays, whilst enjoying the tranquil autumn terrain. The prospect of spending the entirety of your holiday in an Aurora Cabin ensures that you are able to maximise your potential for spotting this natural phenomenon and the daytime activities offer insight into all aspects of Lapland.

Important Information

A selection of autumn activities can be added to your trip at an additional cost. Our Travel Experts can assist you with your selection and will then provide a personalised itinerary quotation for you.


[IVL] Ivalo Airport, Finland To Northern Lights Village Saariselkä
Shuttle Transfer
Northern Lights Village Saariselkä - Check In
Address : Saariselka, Inari, Finland

Northern Lights Village Saariselkä - Stay
Address : Saariselka, Inari, Finland

Northern Lights Village Saariselkä - Stay
Address : Saariselka, Inari, Finland

Northern Lights Village Saariselkä To [IVL] Ivalo Airport, Finland
Airport Transfer
Northern Lights Village Saariselkä - Check Out
Address : Saariselka, Inari, Finland

What's included?

  • Transfers: return group airport transfers
  • Accommodation: a minimum of three nights in a glass-roofed Aurora cabin
  • Meals: half board
  • Aurora alert service which you can set to alert you throughout the night or end at a specific time
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • 24/7 assistance from our UK based operations team and in-destination support from our local partners


  • Flights are not included


Northern Lights Village Saariselkä
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Located in North East Finland, the Northern Lights Village sits on the outskirts of the ski resort of Saariselka. Tucked away from the town and separated from it by dense forest, the location is ideal for viewing the Northern Lights but is still within walking distance (around 1000m) of the town’s amenities. The ski slopes can be accessed via a shuttle (small charge applies) or a pleasant walk of around 40-50 minutes.

The Northern Lights Village offers accommodation in Aurora Cabins which are half-roofed with glass. The twin or double beds are situated beneath the panoramic roof and provide the chance to view the Northern Lights from your bed! It’s not often that folk prefer a sleepless night but here it’s not considered to be a huge inconvenience as it provides the chance to potentially witness Mother Nature’s greatest light show!

There are 80 cabins in total, all of which are within a 5-10 minutes walk of the Village’s central facilities which include the restaurant where you’ll enjoy breakfast and dinner.


  • The Village restaurant is an atmospheric place, inspired by traditional wooden kotas (Finnish teepees). Breakfast is a buffet of continental options and some hot dishes. Evening meals are a buffet with starters of soups and salad, a choice of local meat or fish will follow (the reindeer and white fish in this region are delicious!). Typically a cake will be served for pudding, keeping you well-fuelled for your nocturnal Aurora hunting adventures. Dietary requirements are all well-catered for as long as we are informed at the time of booking. There’s also a large lobby near reception for you to relax in after your meal.
  • The Northern Lights Village has an onsite reindeer paddock and all activities start in the village so there is no need for time-wasting transfers. Basically, because we want to make your holiday as uncomplicated as possible, life is made very easy here.
  • Saariselka is around a 20-25 minute walk from the Northern Lights Village (40-50 minutes to the ski slopes) which means that all of the amenities, shops, cafess and local restaurants are within easy reach.
  • For all Northern Lights activities, an expert guide will provide you with photographic tuition. The guides sometimes take pictures throughout the activities which can be purchased on your return to the village, if they take any. 
  • For all of your provided winter clothing, simply go to the onsite Safari House where overalls, gloves, boots, skis and snowshoes are stored for easy access.
  • Guests can pay extra to use the hot tub, sauna and ice pool.

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Pace Set your own
Holiday Type Tailor Made
Max Group Size NA
Cities / Destinations Finland, Saariselka
Brochure Code 20014
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£595 pp
4 days

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