- Choose from over 200km of groomed trails
- Get the true Arctic experience
- Glimpse the Northern Lights
The picturesque village of Saariselka is the perfect base for cross-country skiers and those seeking a true Arctic experience; igloo villages, reindeer corrals, Sami people and genuine smoke saunas! Boasting one of Finland?s most extensive ski networks, with 220kms of groomed trails (34km of which are illuminated at night) and even the breathtaking Urho Kekkonen National Park is within skiing distance. Thick pine forests harbour reindeer and moose, while low timber buildings and husky farms huddle below snowy fells - a truly idyllic winter escape.
In partnership with Headwater
This independent style cross-country skiing trip is operated by our sister company, Headwater, who offer more flexibility so you can get a taste of what cross-country skiing is like without the pressure of keeping up with a group - you can ski as much or as little as you like. There is no minimum age on this tour; children are welcome to join as long as they are able to participate in the skiing. Please note that if you are travelling on your own, a single supplement will be applied. Ski lessons are subject to at least 2 persons (in total) booked on a departure, otherwise a sole traveller supplement may apply. Insurance details are required at the time of booking.
What makes this trip responsible?
We avoid crowded downhill resorts, seeking out instead incredibly pretty, off-the-beaten-track mountain villages where life continues as it has for centuries. When hand-picking where to stay, we choose small, family-run hotels, offering great regional cuisine, run by owners who take a genuine interest in their guests.
This holiday is based in the far north of Finland, well above the Arctic Circle, in the province of Ivalo, deep in traditional Sami reindeer herding country. It is a true wilderness and a genuine winter wonderland. The sense of space and natural beauty will blow your mind - right next to the village of Saariselka (where you'll be staying) is the Urho Kekkonen National Park, where wild reindeer roam. The Hotel Riekonlinna (which translates as "Castle of the Snow Grouse"!) is in the heart of the village, where locals run errands on scarlet kicksleds in the snowy streets!
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Snow-caked trees in the Finnish Wilderness