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The bustling, touristy village of Saariselkä (Sámi: Suolocielgi), 250km north of the Arctic Circle, is more resort than community, as it's basically a collection of enormous hotels and holiday cottages, but it's a great spot to get active. It’s a major winter destination for Christmassy experiences, sled safaris and skiing, and in summer it serves as the main base for trekkers heading into the awesome Saariselkä Wilderness.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Saariselkä.