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Cafe in Saariselkä

Restaurant Kaunispään Huippu

Attached to the Kaunispään Huippu arts-and-crafts shop, this panoramic restaurant on top of Kaunispää fell has views across to Russia. Smoked-reindeer mousse with blackcurrant sauce, willow-grouse breast with Inarij…
Arts & Crafts in Saariselkä

Kaunispään Huippu

Inside this timber-lined shop, beautifully displayed traditional arts and crafts include jewellery made from gold, silver and local gemstones (Lemmenjoki garnet, Luumäki beryl, Luosto amethyst), knives handmade from…
Museum in Saariselkä

Kultamuseo

In 1868 the remote area of Tankavaara on the Ivalojoki, 32km south of Saariselkä, experienced a gold rush, with a community of up to 500 panners seeking their fortune. The story is related in this museum, which also…
Cafe in Saariselkä

Wanha Waskoolimies

By the entrance to gold-panning museum Kultamuseo at Tankavaara, this atmospheric cafe-restaurant actually predates the museum and serves typical Lapland dishes incorporating ingredients like Inarijärvi lake fish, K…
Nature Centre in Saariselkä

Tankavaara Nature Centre

Next door to Tankavaara's gold-panning museum, Kultamuseo, this nature centre has advice on activities and trekking in Urho Kekkonen National Park. Good exhibitions cover the local environment, including a display o…
Finnish in Saariselkä

Laanilan Kievari

Off the main road 2.5km south of Saariselkä, this cute wooden hut with a roaring open fire has good-value lunch buffets. It's well worth booking in for dinner, though, when the game-oriented mains might include wood…
Music in Saariselkä

Polar Night Jazz

Since 1982, this three-day jazz festival during the kaamos (polar night) has seen evening concerts and spontaneous jam sessions take place in venues throughout Saariselkä and Inari, often under the aurora borealis.
Finnish in Saariselkä

Petronella

A wood-and-stone-decorated dining room sets the stage for artfully presented Lappish food such as roast snow grouse with thyme-nettle jus, arctic char flambéed in brandy, or reindeer sirloin with lingonberry-pepper …
Finnish in Saariselkä

Pirkon Pirtti

With a cosy wooden interior and welcoming service, Pirkon Pirtti serves generous portions of fish (the Lapland fish platter lets you sample several varieties), elk carpaccio and a range of reindeer dishes. Pizza top…