Holidays to Saariselka take you north of the Arctic Circle. You’ve got unbeatable scenery and winter sports – and Father Christmas lives here, too.
On top of the world
This compact village in northern Lapland sits inside the Urho Kekkonen national park. The scenery around here is unlike any other – a true wilderness, home to fells and a lake district. It’s some 250 kilometres above the Arctic Circle – you can’t get much further north than that. But, though it’s remote, you’ve still got restaurants, bars and an indoor pool complex.
See the Northern Lights
Being so far north, you’re in one of the best spots to see the famous Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, a natural light show that sees the sky glow fluorescent green, red and yellow. The best time to see them is from December to March, between 8pm and 11pm, though there are no guarantees – sometimes the clouds get in the way.
Visit Santa’s Creek
Saariselka might be small, but it’s got a big claim to fame. It’s the home of Father Christmas. You can meet him at Santa’s Creek, a traditional log cabin stashed away in a snow-capped forest. There are plenty of festive, fun activities in store for those who stop by for a visit.