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Saariselkä

Frontier atmosphere and Sámi heritage in our most northerly resort

Located in the wild mystical north of Lapland, close to Russia and just a few hours from the Arctic Ocean, 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. Here you are deep in Sámi country, the colourful native people of Lapland, many of whom work in the resort and have their own reindeer herds in forests nearby. Saariselkä is renowned for its excellent cross-country ski trails in the adjoining national park. For a really memorable experience sleep under the magical night sky in a cosy thermal glass igloo.

Northern Lights Adventure Weeks

Experience a '7 Night Adventure' at the Muotka Wilderness Lodge or experience our 'Muotka 2-Centre Adventure'.

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 private meeting with Santa, 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 in December includes a farewell dinner with Santa - there's even a small gift and certificate for every child! For even more festive fun, why not indulge in a reindeer sleigh ride or dash through enchanting snow-laden forests on a snowmobile or husky safari!

Added value

Fantastic deals on our Big 3 Excursion Pack

The Big 3 Excursion Pack - Adults save £85 on our Snowmobile, Husky and Reindeer Safari Bundle

The Big 3 Excursion Pack - Children pay just £85 on our Snowmobile, Husky and Reindeer Safari Bundle

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Ski and Snowboard Information

Skiing Levels
  • Beginners
  • Intermediates
  • Advanced
  • Snowboard
  • Cross Country

Beginner skiing in Saariselka

Great resort for learning to ski with easy slopes and friendly English speaking instructors.

Intermediate skiing in Saariselka

This compact ski area offers uncrowded pistes with hardly any queues. Suits early intermediates.

Advanced skiing in Saariselka

Limited challenges with one black run but the snow is often very light between the trees.

Snowboarding in Saariselka

Good half-pipe and some good quality powder between the pistes.

Cross-country in Saariselka

A cross-country enthusiast's paradise with mile after mile of well-marked trails through scenic Arctic wilderness. Several are lit at night. 

Saariselkä has long been one of the most famous and best-loved cross-country ski areas in Finnish Lapland. It offers 230kms of prepared trails for both classic and skating styles of skiing, 34kms of which are illuminated. Trails start from the village centre and radiate in all directions, including into one of Finland’s loveliest national parks - Urho Kekkonen.  A regular ski bus (pay locally) operates from outside all the hotels and runs to Laanila, Kakslauttanen Igloo Village and Kiilopää ski area, making it easy to do one-way trips as well as the many varied circular routes. Inghams guests can purchase a special weekly ski bus ticket for 20 Euro locally.

The area is well-suited to beginners as well as to more advanced nordic skiers and Inghams has arranged special excellent value Learn To Cross-Country Ski packages with our local partners. Soon you will be gliding past scenically located husky and reindeer farms, or abandoned ghost mine buildings from the 1860s gold rush era. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to see moose, reindeer, arctic hare or willow grouse, all of which call the national park home. There is a good network of campfire shelters, wilderness huts and cafés, including Laanihovi where you can expect a particularly warm welcome and excellent local salmon soup.


Mountain Facts
  • Area 12 km
  • Resort Altitude265m
  • Ski Alt. From265m
  • Ski Alt. To440m
  • Runs
    6
    5
    1
  • Longest Run1 km
  • Lifts , Chairlifts 1 , Draglifts 4
  • Lift Times

    7 of 14 runs are floodlit from Dec to mid-February. 
    Full ski are open from mid-February

  • Lift Ski LockersNo
  • Local Pass Lifts5
  • Night Skiing IncludedYes
  • Snow Cannon Coverage33%
  • Cross Country Trails

    185km (34km floodlit)

  • Night Skiing

    Slopes are open after dark in December and January as 34km are floodlit. Slopes are open until approx.17:00hrs.

  • Off-piste OptionsYes
  • Slope Direction,N,E,W
  • Snowpark Info

    1 snowpark.


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We offer an excellent portfolio of well-equipped, modern, high-quality log cabins of 3 or 4 star standard and in a variety of locations 250-900m from the nearest ski bus stop, a large supermarket and the village centre. Choose to either self-cater or pre-book optional half board at the Holiday Club Spa Hotel.  

  • 96 rooms
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The deluxe wing of the Tunturi hotel, the luxury 4.5 star superior Gielas building offers highly recommended deluxe rooms. The whole property enjoys a peaceful setting, just 250m from the village centre and a few steps to the cross-country ski tracks. This hotel can also be booked as part of our 'Muotka 2-Centre Adventure'.

  • 139 rooms
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Located right in the heart of Saariselkä, this popular spa hotel offers a high standard of accommodation and an impressive range of facilities, including a fabulous indoor pool complex. This hotel can also be booked as part of our 'Muotka 2-Centre Adventure'.

  • 10 rooms
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These cabins are available to book from 6 Jan - 9 Feb 2019 

Highly recommended detached rustic round log cabins in a peaceful scenic location, approx. 500m from the village centre, ski bus and supermarket. These cabins are real round log and are one of the few options for detached cabins in Saariselkä. 

 

  • 35 rooms
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These recently built, luxury apartments benefit from a highly convenient central village location and offer excellent value. Several bars, restaurants and a large well-stocked supermartket are within easy walking distance. 

  • 96 rooms
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A wonderfully atmospheric hotel with cosy wood-panelled public areas, good cuisine and comfortable rooms.  The property enjoys a peaceful setting 250m from the village centre and next to the cross-country ski tracks. 

  • 96 rooms
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Tunturi Hotel Suites are part of the wonderfully atmospheric Tunturi Hotel complex with its cosy wood-panelled public areas and popular restaurants.

  • 40 rooms
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The new Star Arctic Hotel opened it's doors in December 2017 to welcome its first guests to its modern, Lappish-style suites.  A great choice for a special occasion, it is located at the top of Kaunispaä fell, away from the light pollution of the village centre and an excellent spot from which to view the Northern Lights.  

  • 36 rooms
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This can be booked as part of our 'Muotka 7 Night Adventure', which is the price shown. You can also book this as part of our 'Muotka 2-Centre Adventure'.

This tastefully renovated lodge radiates an atmosphere of warmth and relaxation from the moment you arrive. The reception building has a restaurant with open fireplace, small lounge and bar.

Inghams Plus

  • Inghams Rep based in resort
  • Groups - Up to 1 in 7 go Free
  • Special child prices from £299 in self-catering apartments and cabins 
  • Half price lift passes for Inghams Guests  6 Jan - 16 Feb 2019 incl. 
  • One free day on lift pass and/or equipment hire when pre-booking 6 days (free day issued locally)
  • Free skiing, free equipment & free helmet hire for children under 6yrs.
  • Free dinner with Santa and his reindeer for all Inghams guests staying 7, 14, 21, 25 December 2019 - last night of stay including traditional Christmas dinner with roast turkey and all the trimmings, party games and disco, and opportunity for children to meet Santa individually and receive a small gift and certificate (n/a to guests staying at Muotka Wilderness Lodge who have their own programme, see here for more information)
  • Great value ski pack prices for children up to 16yrs. 

Special Offers

Activity Information

Pre-bookable Excursions details and prices:

There are a number of excursions that are eagerly awaiting you and to make the most of your Lapland adventure. Click here to find out more detailed information about each excursion and what they involved, then see below for the duration and price list for Saariselka. 

Overnight Experiences:

Having the opportunity to stay in a Glass Igloo or Aurora Cabin for a night under the stars and Northern Lights spotting, is high on most people’s bucket list. There are a number of options for you to take, so click here to have a read. From Saariselka you have the chance to stay in either a Glass Igloo pr Aurora Cabin, and if you really cannot choose then treat yourself to two memorable nights.

Excursion Duration Prices from
Snowmobile Safari 2 hours (from resort)
Approx. 25km
Single (1 adult alone) - Adult: £95
Double (2 sharing)- Adult: £69, Child: £29
Northern Lights Wilderness Dinner 3 hour evening excursion (12km scenic drive) Adult: £65
Child: £35
Reindeer Safari & Sámi Farm visit 2 hours (1½ hours at farm) Adult: £49, Child: £35
Nellim and Russian Border Patsjoki Bridge 5-6 hour excursion (1½ hours scenic drive)
(operates with minimum 4 guests)
Adult: £99
Child £49
Husky Safari 5km Safari
2½ hours (1½ hours at farm and on safari)
Adult: £79
Child: £45
Snowshoe Safari (daytime or evening) 2 hours Adult: £45
Child: £25
Sámi Museum and Inari Village 5 hour excursion (1 hour scenic drive)
(operates with minimum 6 guests)
Adult: £59
Child: £55
Visit Santa's Home 3 hour excursion
1 Dec – 29 Dec incl.
Adult: £69
Child: £59
Kakslauttanen Glass Igloo Included: choice of evening excursion,
breakfast and 3 course dinner
Small glass igloo: £404
Kelo-glass igloo: £515
Aurora Cabin Continental breakfast included From: £195

 

Notes for all above excursions:Please note that we act at all times as the selling agent for the supplier of these excursions and activities.Times and distances are approximate and may vary due to weather and other conditions. Snowmobile, Husky & Reindeer Safaris child age 4-12yrs. Children 0-3yrs FREE (any transport must be paid for locally) but are not allowed on Snowmobile safaris on any date. Santa's Home child age 2-11yrs (Under 2yrs FREE). Snowmobile drivers must be 18yrs and bring a full, valid photographic driver's licence with them. Children aged 8yrs and above must be at least 140cm tall to ride as a passenger on a snowmobile. Children less than this height or under 8yrs will be towed in a sled behind the guide.  On snowmobile safaris Inghams (and most other travel insurance policies) will provide cover for personal and medical expenses but not for damage to the snowmobile or third parties etc. If the snowmobile is damaged then a compulsory insurance excess of approximately €850 will be payable locally direct to the snowmobile safari provider. Single riders who have purchased a sharing snowmobile may need to upgrade locally to a single driving snowmobile, if a sharing snowmobile is not available. The overnight stay can be pre-booked but the exact day of the week will only be confirmed within 3 working days of booking as all reservations are subject to availability.

Ski Extras

Pre-bookable Lift Passes, Ski Hire & Tuition Winter 2018/19

SPECIAL OFFERS
Special Offer 'Low Season' Lift Passes for Inghams guests when pre-booking in the UK for the following 2018/19 dates: 2-15 Dec & 6 Jan-16 Feb incl.
Up to 40% off Ski & Boot Hire when pre-booking (already deducted in above prices). 7 days for the price of 4 days.
Free Day Lift Pass & Equipment Hire for Inghams guests pre-booking 6 days lift pass and/or equipment hire receive 7th day Free issued in resort.
Children Under 6yrs Ski Free and receive Free equipment hire if wearing Free rental helmet and accompanied by an adult.

 

SAVER PACKS

SAVE £££s

 

 


LEARN TO SKI/BOARD*

For complete beginners only

  • 7 days lift pass
  • 7 days 'Blue' ski/board & boot hire*
  • 5 days tuition (1½ hrs per day)

Adult: £232 Child: £196

SKI INCLUSIVE PLUS*

  • 7 days lift pass
  • 7 days 'Blue' ski/board & boot hire*
  • 3 days tuition (1½ hrs per day)

Adult: £240 Child: £206

LEARN TO CROSS-COUNTRY 

  • 7 days 'Blue' ski & boot hire*
  • 3 days tuition (100 minutes per day)

Adult: £117 Child: £71

 

All Ski Inclusive Plus bundles and Learn to Ski packages must be pre-booked in UK and are not bookable locally.
*Learn To Ski, Board & Cross-country is for complete beginners only (guests who have never skied). Any guests booking this package who have skied before will be charged an upgrade cost locally.  
*Ski/Board Saver Pack is for all other levels. 
†Child Ski 6-16yrs/Child Snowboard 7-16yrs. Children 5yrs old should only book tuition as lift pass & equipment are FREE. See Special Offers below.

Lift Passes 

Lift Passes*

Days

Season*

Senior 64yrs+ Adult 17-64yrs† Child 7-16yrs Senior 65yrs+

Child 0-6yrs

Local Area Pass 6 L/H £74 / £105 £123/£175 £74/£105 FREE

 L = Inghams special offer 2-15 Dec & 6 Jan-16 Feb / H = Normal public price 23 Dec - 5 Jan & 17 Feb-16 Mar

Equipment (7 days)

Equipment Description Blue Red

Adult

Skis £65 £93
Ski boots £47 -
Skis & boots £102 £130
Snowboard - £65
Snowboard & boots - £102
Cross-country skis & boots £69 -

Child 6-16yrs

(Child 3-5yrs FREE)

Skis £65 -
Ski boots £47 -
Skis & boots £102 -
Snowboard - £65
Snowboard & boots - £102
Cross-country skis & boots £35 -

Equipment hire is up to 40% off when pre-booking and is already deducted in the above prices.

All ski boots are of the same good standard. 'Blue' or 'Red' skis & boots may be exchanged for snowboard equipment once during rental period at no extra cost. Please see here for description of hire categories.

 Tuition 

TUITION

Days Hours Adult 17yrs+ Child 5-16yrs†
Ski/Snowboard
3/5

1½ hrs per day

£97/£138 £97/£138
Cross-country 3 100 mins per day £83 £41

†Child snowboard tuition = 7-16yrs & Child cross-country tuition = 7-11yrs.

 Thermal Suits & Boots 

Clothing Days Adult 13yrs+ Child 3-12yrs
Thermal Suit
7 £29 £29
Thermal boots 7 £15 £15

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down. Correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.

 

Useful Information

Resort Code: FISK

Languages spoken: Finnish and Sámi

Time difference:

Currency: EUR

Travel and Transportation

Winter 2019/20

Direct exclusive charter flights to Kittilä depart Sundays for 7 or 14 nights 

  • Gatwick 1 Dec - 8 Mar 
  • Bristol  1 Dec - 23 Feb 
  • Manchester 1 Dec - 8 Mar 

Transfer 3 hours by coach. 

Flight supplements may apply.

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: Yes

Resort Ski bus available: Yes

Ski bus info:

The bus around the village to the ski lifts 2km away costs approximately €15 per week or €5 per day. Children under 6yrs old travel Free with an adult. The ski lifts are 2km from the village centre.

Good to know

  • Snow-sure from November to May
  • Good chance of seeing Northern Lights
  • Superb for cross-country skiing
  • Winter park areas (tobogganing, ice skating and snow tubing)
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