Frontier atmosphere and Sámi heritage in our most northerly resort

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.

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. With cosy cafes and the charming Panimo Bar for a hot chocolate to live music. For a really memorable experience sleep under the magical night sky in a cosy Aurora Cabin.

Northern Lights Adventure: Experience a '7 Night Adventure' at the Muotka Wilderness Lodge or combine with a visit to Saariselkä with 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 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 in December includes a festive feast! 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

3 for 2 on Husky, Reindeer & Snowmobile Safaris

Festive Feast - Free to all guests departing 27 Nov - 18 Dec

  • from£859pp
  • 139 rooms

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'.

  • from£1624pp
  • 40 rooms

Welcome to the Star Arctic! A modern and stylish hotel boasting spacious Lappish-style suites and Aurora cabins. A great choice for those looking for an intimate and exclusive feel stay, 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.  

  • from£829pp
  • 96 rooms

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. 

  • from£919pp
  • 96 rooms

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'.

  • from£678pp
  • 96 rooms

Tunturi Hotel Suites are part of the charming Tunturi Hotel complex with its cosy wood-panelled public areas and popular restaurants.

  • from£2059pp
  • 36 rooms

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'.

Muotka Wilderness Lodge is a lovingly renovated family-run property set in a secluded snow-laden winter wonderland, 15km from Saariselkä village. Its idyllic location, on the edge of the pristine Urho-Kekkonen National Park, guarantees minimal light pollution and an increased potential for seeing the Northern Lights, simply by stepping outside the Lodge's front door. We have included a full range of daytime arctic activities plus evening aurora hunts with Muotka's expert Guides!

  • from£781pp
  • Sleeps 6

The brand new Holiday Club Apartments are in a fantastic resort location and are part of the Holiday Club Spa Hotel

  • 35 rooms

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. 

Ski and Snowboard Information
Skiing levels
Cross country

Beginner skiing in Saariselkä

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

Intermediate skiing in Saariselkä

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

Advanced skiing in Saariselkä

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

Snowboarding in Saariselkä

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

Cross-country in Saariselkä

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. 

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.

Ski Bus

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.

The ski lifts are 2km away from the village. The bus costs approximately €5 per day. Children under 6yrs old travel free with an adult. Please see this link for the bus timetable,

Mountain facts
Area 12 km
Resort Altitude 265m
Ski Alt. From 265m
Ski Alt. To 440m
Longest run 1 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 DirectionN, E, W
Snowpark Info

1 snowpark.


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 or Aurora Cabin, and if you really cannot choose then treat yourself to two memorable nights.


Excursion Duration Winter 21/22 prices per person from
Snowmobile Safari 2 hours (from resort)
Approx. 25km

Single (1 adult driving alone) Adult: £99

Double (2 sharing a snowmobile, 11 years+ and 140cm+) Adult: £80

Child in a sleigh/pod (4-10 years): £35

Reindeer Safari & Sámi Farm visit 2 hours (1½ hours at farm) Adult: £80, Child: £59
Husky Safari 5km Safari
2½ hours (1½ hours at farm and on safari)
Adult: £85 
Child: £75
Snowshoe Safari
(daytime or evening)
2 hours Adult: £45
Child: £25
Sámi Museum and Inari Village 5 hours (1 hour scenic drive)
(operates with minimum 6 guests)
Adult: £92 
Child: £55
Northern Lights Wilderness Dinner 3 hours (12km scenic drive) Adult: £69
Child: £35
Nellim and Russian Border Visit Patsjoki Bridge, 5-6 hour excursion (1½ hours scenic drive)
(operates with min 4 guests)
Adult: £99
Child: £49
Visit Santa's Home 3 hour excursion
1 Dec – 29 Dec incl.
Adult: £70 
Child: £60
Aurora Cabin

Continental breakfast included

Dinner included

From: £195

From: £227


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. Prices above are to be confirmed at time of booking and are here as an approximate. 

  • Child age for Husky and Reindeer safari's is 4-12yrs.
  • Children 0-3yrs are free (transport must be pre-booked) but are not allowed on any Snowmobile safaris.
  • Snowmobile Safari:
    • All drivers must be 18yrs+ and bring a full, valid photographic driver's licence with them.
    • Children must be aged 11 yrs or above and at least 140cm tall to ride as a passenger on a snowmobile, they must be able to touch the foot rest when sat on the snowmobile. Children under this height or less than 11 years will be towed in a sled or pod behind the guide.
    • 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 after booking, as all reservations are subject to availability.
  • Aurora Cabin child age is 4-14years, 0-3 are only free if sleeping in parents bed.

Travel insurance is a condition of booking with us, and you should ensure that your chosen policy covers the activities that you plan to take part in during your holiday. Your policy should provide cover for your own personal and medical expenses, however individual policies will not cover damage to snowmobiles or skidoos and a compulsory excess will be payable directly to the supplier of the snowmobile/skidoo excursion.

Ski Extras

Pre-bookable Lift Passes, Ski Hire & Tuition

Special Offer 'Low Season' Lift Passes for Inghams guests when pre-booking in the UK for the following 2021/22 dates: 28 Nov – 15 Dec 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 Prices from
  • 7 days lift pass
  • 7 days 'Blue' ski/board & boot hire*
  • 5 days tuition (1½ hrs per day)
Adult: £226
Child: £190
  • 7 days lift pass
  • 7 days 'Blue' ski/board & boot hire*
  • 3 days tuition (1½ hrs per day)
Adult: £240
Child: £206
  • 7 days 'Blue' ski & boot hire*
  • 3 days tuition (100 minutes per day)
Adult: £117
Child: £71

All Learn to Ski/Board/Cross-country and Ski Inclusive Plus bundles 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 Packs are for all other levels and includes 'Red' equipment hire for adults and child skis & boots are 'Blue'.

Child Ski & Cross-country 6-11yrs/Child Snowboard 7-11yrs.

Children 5yrs old should only book tuition as lift pass & equipment are FREE.

LIFT PASSES Days Season Adult 17-63yrs Child 7-16yrs & Senior 64yrs+  Child 0-5yrs
Local Area Pass 6 L/H £123 / £175 £74 / £105 FREE

L = Inghams special offer 1-14 Dec & 5 Jan-15 Feb / H = Normal public price 15 Dec - 4 Jan & 16 Feb - 30 Apr

Please note: A compulsory SkiData lift pass key card costs approximately €6 payable in resort or guests may use a SkiData key card from another resort or year.

EQUIPMENT (7 days) Description Blue Red
Adult Skis £63 £126
Ski boots £46 -
Skis & boots £99 £126
Snowboard - £63
Snowboard & boots - £99
Cross-country skis & boots £69 -
Child 6-16yrs

(Child 3-5yrs FREE)

Skis £63 -
Ski boots £46 -
Skis & boots £99 -
Snowboard - £63
Snowboard & boots - £99
Cross-country skis & boots £35 -

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 Days Hours Adult 17yrs+ Child 5-16yrs†
Ski/Snowboard 3/5 1½ hrs per day £94/£134 £94/£134
Cross-country 3 100 mins per day £83 £41

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

THERMAL CLOTHING Days Adult 13yrs+ Child 3-12yrs
Thermal Suit
7 £26 £13
Thermal boots 7 £13 £7

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
Information about Saariselka
Resort Code FISK
Languages spoken Finnish and Sámi
Time difference GMT +2
Currency EUR
Latitude 68.419731
Longitude 27.424360
Travel and Transportation

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

  • Gatwick 
  • Bristol
  • Manchester

Transfer 3 hours by coach.

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: Yes

Resort Ski bus available: Yes

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)
Lapland 2022/23 Holidays
Saariselkä Ski Deals from £678 pp
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