is a modern tourism center in Lapland
located 260 km north of Rovaniemi and the Arctic Circle. The
of Saariselkä is connected to the beginning of gold panning
Inari close to Saariselkä is the center of the Sámi culture
of the Laplanders. Information on this culture is available from
Sida in Inari.
husbandry is an essential part of Sámi lifestyle. In Inari
reindeer husbandry developed in the 1600s and 100 years later
as far as Utsjoki. Reindeer herds that wander the fjells is
an unforgettable memory of the trip to Northern Lapland.
In Saariselkä there are high quality hotels with congress facilities. Also a great
number of small rental cottages are found in
the area. For the tourists there are several ways to relax from
a modern spa to goldpanning and fishing.
On the top of Kaunispää fjell, 437 meters above the sea level, is
Panorama and Restaurant Huippu.
During winter time the slopes of Kaunispää Fjell are used for downhill
skiing. In summer time tourists enjoy hiking in
the surrounding wilderness.
Traveling to Saariselkä is easy with a non-stop flight from Helsinki to Ivalo. The distance from
Ivalo is only 30 km and there is a good bus service to and from
Due to its location far in the north, during midsummer the sun shines night and day Saariselkä is one of the very few places
in the world where international symposia or congresses may
be held during the midnight sun. Please find the exact dates
for midnight sun and polar night .
The weather in Saariselkä is mild in summer. The temperature
ranges from 15 to 25 degrees centigrade.
weather and 5 days' forecast (Ma=Monday
Ti=Tuesday Ke=Wednesday To=Thursday Pe=Friday La=Saturday Su=Sunday)
Summer in Lapland is full of light and energy. Under the
Midnight Sun the days follow one another without interrupting
View from Saariselkä at midnight June 18, 2002
a map of Saariselkä or an aerial photograph (in
which you may zoom the four
quadrants by clicking