Located above the Arctic Circle and sandwiched between Sweden, Norway and Russia, Saariselka, Finland, is a paradise for those who enjoy snow and winter sports. With cold year-round temperatures that reach staggering lows in the winter months, the city is covered in snow nearly the entire year. Ski resorts and even igloos are common sights in this picturesque Finnish town. ... Read more »
- Urho Kekkonen National Park in Saariselka
- Sami Museum
- Northern Lapland Nature Centre
- Hike the trails of the Kevo Strict Nature Reserve
- Strike it rich in the Lemmenjoki gold fields near Saariselka
- Walk the trails around Lake Ravadasjärv
If stunningly cold temperatures are your thing, then Saariselka is the place for you, because this Finnish city is bitterly cold nearly all year round. The winter months of November to February are well below zero on average, while the summer months warm up to 18ºC in the height of summer. Fog, snow and rain are common in all of the months, so be sure to bring the proper gear.
Getting There & Around
Many visitors arrive in Saariselka via the Ivalo or Rovaniemi airports, which service northern Finland.
Once visitors are in town, there are many options for transport depending on the season. During the winter months, residents can be seen traveling by snowmobile, skis and even snowshoes. If traveling by your own private car, it is best to have a truck with four-wheel drive.« Hide