Star Arctic Hotel

  • Lapland/Finland, Saariselka

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The Star Arctic is a modern and stylish hotel with spacious Lappish-style suites and Aurora cabins. A great choice for those looking for an intimate and exclusive feel stay. Located at the top of Kaunispaä fell, and away from the light pollution of the village centre it is an excellent spot to view the Northern Lights. The hotel is located approximately 2 kilometres from the Saariselkä centre and Inghams excursion pick-up point, which can be reached by ski bus or 30-minutes' pleasant walk.  

Unforgettable experience 

Located in the northernmost region of Finnish Lapland, the Star Arctic Hotel immerses guests in the heart of the Arctic wilderness. Surrounded by snow-covered forests and pristine landscapes, it offers a secluded and serene retreat. The unique aspect of the Star Arctic has to be the rooms. All of the suites are located within their own building,  a short walk from the main reception and restaurant area. The Suites have a large glass window overlooking the fells and village of Saariselka, Scenic View Suites with sauna and kitchenette are also available adding more comfort and space. 

For an unforgettable experience, opt to spend your stay in a Glass Cabin where you can truly immerse in the nature of Lapland and if you're lucky, even admire the Northern Lights from your bed. We love the colourful light settings controlled by the main remote - but we don't want to spoil all the surprises.

Lappish flavours

Enjoy casual dining in the hotel's restaurant, located in the main building, and enjoy beautiful views across the fell. Natural ingredients are sourced from the local area including fish from the Inari region and reindeer from traditional Sami farms plus their full menu, originally crafted by Finnish Michelin Star Chef Jouni Toivanen, combines local Lappish flavours with popular modern cuisines bringing a uniquely elegant and casual choice for all. Enjoy a buffet breakfast and a multi course dinner served to the table.

Wellness facilities

The hotel has two privately bookable saunas where you can unwind after a day of outdoor activities, or we have Scenic View Suites with saunas available, offering the perfect way to warm up and rejuvenate. From the large windows within the saunas, you can admire the endless fell landscape, the winter nights and the northern lights in the frosty night, if you are lucky enough. Stay active in the well-equipped gym with large windows or enjoy a relaxing drink in the lobby bar, both of which are located in the main building.


  • Located in the Arctic Circle
  • Europe's most northern ski resort 
  • 18.5 kilometres of slopes available for skiing and snowboarding 
  • Unbeatable snow coverage all season

Located in the wild mystical north of Lapland, Saariselkä is an exceptionally friendly, uncommercialised resort with a unique frontier atmosphere. With magnificent Arctic wilderness scenery just on the doorstep, it makes an ideal resort for an all-round winter wonderland adventure. The skies are often a deep hue of pink and purple, the pine trees heavily laden with snow, and being so far north there is a good possibility of seeing the Northern Lights too. In Saariselkä, you're deep in Sámi country, where many people from the indigenous community of Lapland live and work today.

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Arctic skiing and activity holidays in Saariselkä

Saariselkä is Europe's most northern ski resort and is renowned for its excellent cross-country ski trails in the adjoining National Park. In Saariselkä there are over 200 kilometres of cross country ski tracks, 34 of which are illuminated - so you can make the most of these tracks despite the polar nights. The general ski area is spread across the Iisakkipää and Kaunispää fells and is best suited for beginners and intermediates. The ski schools here speak English and all of the slopes lead back to the same area in the valley where you'll be able to warm up in the café or by a campfire.

Apart from skiing, Saariselkä offers a range of winter excursions that'll make you Lapland holiday complete. There'll be plenty of opportunities for reindeer and husky sleigh safaris as well as snowmobiling, snow shoeing and many more exciting activities! On holidays during November and December you'll even have the chance to meet Santa

Northern lights adventures

Staying in Saariselkä, you can experience one of our unique Northern lights adventures. Book a '7 Night Adventure' at the Muotka Wilderness Lodge where you'll receive a set itinerary filled with fun winter excursions like husky sledding, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Alternatively if you can't decide where you want to stay, combine the northern lights adventure with a visit to Saariselkä resort centre with our 'Muotka 2-Centre Adventure' for the best of both worlds. We also offer single night excursions if you would prefer - for a really memorable experience sleep under the magical night sky in a cosy Aurora Cabin.

Where to stay in Saariselkä

We offer a range of hotels and apartments in Saariselkä, all located in the centre of resort so you'll have easy access to everything you'll need during your stay. The Holiday Club Spa Hotel has some great spa facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool. 

New for winter 2023/2024, the Kuukkeli Log Cabins will help you achieve that magical Lapland feel on your ski holiday. These cosy cabins are the ideal for a trip in the arctic circle and are also located close to the centre of resort.

Feel like adding a touch of luxury to your trip? We'd recommend staying in the Star Arctic Hotel or the Top Star Glass Cubes. Both of these stylish accommodations are located on top of the fell so are the perfect choice if you're hoping to catch a glimpse of the Northern lights. 

What's included in an Inghams holiday to Saariselkä

On an Ingham's Lapland holiday you'll have your flights, transfers and accommodation, plus thermal suits and boots included. All you'll need to do is decide which activities you want to add on. Skiiers and boarders can add on lift passes, equipment and lessons with us too. Our Ingham's Representatives based in Saariselkä are also on hand to help you make the most of your Lapland holiday - if you need any advice, tips or assistance while you're away, they will be there to help. 

Did you know that if you book a 7 night holiday to Lapland in December you can also visit Santa in his home?

Simply pick up and purchase the Visit Santa's Home excursion at the time of booking and the whole family can enjoy a group meeting with Santa, a gift for children, feed and pet Santa's reindeer and see how Elf Smith sends presents around the world! Warm up inside with hot drinks and ginger biscuits.

Every 7 night holiday to Lapland departing before Christmas includes a magical festive feast! For even more festive fun, why not indulge yourself in a reindeer sleigh ride or dash through enchanting snow-laden forests on a snowmobile or husky safari!

Skiing levels
Cross country

Mountain facts
Ski area 12 km
Runs 6 5 1
Longest run 1 Km

1 snowpark.

Lifts Drag lifts 4, Chairlifts 1, Cablecars 0
Slope direction N,E,W
Ski/resort bus True
  • No. of rooms: 40
  • No. of buildings: 4
  • No. of floors: 2


Standard Scenic View Suites are around 27m² and sleep two to four people. These suites are set across two floors, with either twin beds or one double bed on the upper floor, which is reached by a steep stair ladder, and a double sofa bed on the lower floor. There is a large scenic window where you can look over the Artic landscape. 

Scenic View Suites with Sauna are around 36m² and sleep two to four people. These suites are set across two floors, with either twin beds or one double bed on the upper floor, which is reached by steep stair ladder, and double sofa bed on the lower floor.  These apartments also benefit from having a private sauna, and a kitchenette, in addition to a large scenic window overlooking the Artic landscape. 

Glass Igloo Cabins are around 21m² and sleep two adults and two children (under 11 years old). The glass igloos are on one floor, and have in either two twin beds or one double bed, plus a roll out bed. Above the bed in the cabin is a three-panel glass design roof. 

Please note that all suites and cabins are located in separate detached buildings a few steps away from the main building


Room facilities

  • En-suite shower/WC,
  • Lounge area
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Minibar
  • Mini fridge
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer



  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No

Longitude: 27.4399082
Latitude: 68.43364

Village centre: 1.5km from Saariselka centre on top of Kaunispäa fell with easy access to the ski slopes. 25-30 minute walk, or take the ski bus (pay locally). 

Nearest ski bus stop: outside hotel

The hotel offers a shuttle service on request (pay locally)


  • Use of toboggans (pay locally)
  • Restaurant 
  • Bar and lounge area
  • Gift shop
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Sauna (book locally)
  • Fitness room
  • Parking
  • Shuttle service (€5 each way. On request only)
  • Wilderness centre (pay locally)

The Star Arctic Hotel is offered half board.

Breakfast and dinner is serviced in the Restaurant Kaunis, located in the main building - just a short walk away from the accommodation.

Each morning you can enjoy a range of local produce, including a range of hot options and a continental breakfast will also be available.

Dinner includes a three course evening meal, the menu is influenced by Lappish ingredients, as well as modern cuisine.

New Year's Gala Dinner menu included.

  • No of restaurants: 1

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Vegetarians

The Star Artic can cater for special dietary requirements (vegetarians, dairy free) please advise us of any specific dietary requirements at the time of booking. Guests are to contact the restaurant staff on arrival for further information and details about their options.

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per person from £1795
Includes £50pp discount
09/02/2025 - 7 nights
4 adults
From London Gatwick
Half Board
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