Inari-Saariselkä – far up north
Crystal-clear rivers and glistening waterways provide activities from fishing to gold panning, as well as canoeing, and rapids-shooting for boaters. Hike and listen to the peaceful sounds of nature in the landscape of the fells in Inari-Saariselkä on the easy-to-walk and well-marked paths, experience the thrill of fishing in a wilderness river, and pan for gold under the guidance of an experienced prospector. When you have had a taste of what Saariselkä has to offer, expand your territory to the stunning scenery of Lake Inari. Learn about Sami culture in Inari, cruse by ship to the sacred Uonkivi rock, or turn the boat toward the rivers Lemmenjoki or Ivalonjoki. In Utsjoki you will find Kevo nature reserve, the Fiellu waterfall, and Nuorgam, the northernmost village in the EU. Europe's best salmon rivers, Teno and Näätämöjoki, invite the visitors to fish. On your holiday you can also make a day trip to the stunning fjords on the Arctic Ocean: the north of Norway is just a few hours' drive from Inari-Saariselkä.
The Saariselkä area is located on the edge of the Urho Kekkonen National Park, in the Sami area and in the gold prospecting areas of Lapland. In the area it is possible to hike on trails and nature paths of different levels of difficulty, and even to cycle. Saariselkä is also a major trailhead for longer hikes in the Urho Kekkonen National Park or the wilderness areas of the Hammastunturi fell. It is also a short distance from Saariselkä to Lake Inari. Wide-ranging services can be found at the Saariseklä visitors' centre in all seasons.
The village of Inari is a centre of Sami culture. In addition to services, the traveller in Inari can get in touch with the roots of authentic Sami culture and learn about the fascinating handicrafts and reindeer-herding culture. Near the village of Inari stands the Inari Hiking Area, which is also well-suited for fishing enthusiasts. The magnificent Lake Inari offers friends of nature and of Lapland plenty of new things to do, experience, and discover.
The village of Lemmenjoki is located 45 kilometres west of Inari on the banks of the Lemmenjoki River. The area is known for its history of gold prospecting and the magnificent nature of the Lemmenjoki National Park. The Lemmenjoki National Park is Finland's largest national park in terms of surface area. The Lemmenjoki Valley, which is tens of kilometres long, offers river boat excursions, and the surrounding Maarestatunturi and Viipsutunturi fells offer magnificent wilderness landscapes for visitors.
Rovaniemi is the closest train station
You can get to Saariselkä first by travelling to Rovaniemi by train. From Rovaniemi there is transport to Saariselkä and back. Timetables for buses: Matkahuolto.fi.