A Finnish village known for its ski resorts, Northern Lights, and as a gateway to the Urho Kekkonen National Park in Lapland.

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Is there anywhere better to head this time of year than the home of Santa himself? Saariselkä in Lapland might be difficult to pronounce, but this village in northern Finland is worth the stumbling tongues. Saariselkä borders the mountainous Urho Kekkonen National Park, which offers incredible snow-capped sights all around you. Try traditional local dishes like Inarijärvi lake fish and smoked reindeer (don’t think too much about Rudolph) and head to Pirkon Pirtti to eat surrounded by their cosy wooden interiors. Husky-sledding takes the top position of things to do here (and it’s definitely an experience to write home about afterwards — hold on tight!) but you can also toboggan down ice slides, float with icebergs, and sleep in igloos while in Saariselkä. 

georgierdarling 5 years ago

Saariselkä Guides

  • Finland Bucket List

    mustangdmv (Danielle Call)
    Most people like to get away from the cold and snow in the winter, but its got me dreaming of beautiful snow covered igloos, cozy saunas, and where I can see a reindeer and maybe go dog sledding!
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    seeker (Seeker Editors)
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  • My Future Adventure List

    hollyonthehorizon (Holly Siebenrock)
  • Top Cold-Weather Winter Travel Destinations

    seeker (Seeker Editors)
    Cold weather travel is a delight that often gets overlooked. Here at Seeker. we love cozying up by the fireplace in a snow-covered cottage, exploring the gorgeous pearly views of icy tundra, and walking through an impeccably-decorated Manhattan pretending we are starring in our very own Lifetime holiday film. We selected some of the most dreamy and wintery destinations around the world. How many have you been to?
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Saariselkä Articles

  • 13 Magical Spots For a Winter Vacation in Europe

    Europe is the birthplace of hygge culture: the Danish word for all things comfy and cosy. If tropical getaways aren’t your thing, than Europe is the perfect spot to hunker down and cozy up this winter season. Wake up to snow-capped mountains in Slovenia, walk cobbled streets in Tallinn, shop at cheerful Christmas festivals in […]

  • Northern Lights: 4 Epic Ways to See Nature’s Wonder

    Luxurious arctic winter adventures may seem like an oxymoron, we admit, yet with these epic ways to see the Northern Lights, you’ll view all the action (without all the freezing!) Read on to discover how. The Northern Lights rate highly on most globetrotters’ bucket-list, yet if you’re anything like me (infected by serious wanderlust yet […]