Summer in Lapland is short but light. For about four months, temperatures reach summery figures even though actual heatwaves are few and far between. Lapland offers the visitor the opportunity to enjoy a real, fresh northern summer. Lapland’s summer, with its white nights, is worth experiencing.
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The sun does not set for two and a half months
The sun that never sets in the summer is a miraculous experience. The midnight sun welcomes visitors to the land of light. At the altitude of Saariselkä, the polar day begins in mid-May and lasts until late July. For two and half months, the sun never sets.
Destination of families
Trekking is a hobby for the whole family and suitable routes for families are found all over the travel region. Routes are circular tours among forests and fells or trips from one place to another. Along many routes there are interesting boards that tell you about the nature and history around that place. These boards also add to the excitement of children and educate them about our precious nature and meaning to our area.
On the northermost roadtrip in Finland has a lot to offer for the whole family. Arctic Ocean is only a short while away and who wouldn’t want to dip their toes to the sea water and breathe deeply the savory sea air, while further away the waves hit the shore with such fierce force.
Gold culture is a powerful part of the northernmost Lapland and across the area of Inari-Saariselkä you are able to explore gold panning and the history of it. You can visit the Gold Museum and take a peek down the gold mine shaft at the Prospector’s Mine.
A paradise for the explorer
A vast selection of experiences gives every adventurer a chance to build their desirable holiday. In the national parks and wilderness areas you can access more difficult routes and can easily plan overnight hiking trips.
Destination for the leisurely enjoyer
No matter if you like the speedy sports or taking it easy in the middle of nature just watching the wildlife go about Inari-Saariselkä is the destination for you. Listen to the line of your fishing rod fly on the river bank as the sun sets or experience the lake view on a cruise. There are easy trails to take you to the local culture. Outdoor area of Siida takes you through history where you can get to know more about the Sámi culture. Gold culture brings its own shimmering view to experience and the Gold Museum provides more information about the gold history as well as there are many places to see in the nature that have been active gold panning sights.
How about combination of sauna and good food? From the accommodation selection of the area many offer the possibility to experience sauna. After a day of exploring a meal from local ingredients gives the day a worthy ending.
A place to experience the authentic Lapland
If somewhere you are able to experience authentic local life and breathe fresh fell air it’s here in Inari-Saariselkä. Find the authentic Lapland and get to know the rich local culture. You can explore the Sámi culture and gold culture as well as the nature culture. The nature is unique in the area and you are able to experience it with guided tours as well as on your own. You get to meet authentic people who can tell you stories about the everyday life in this special place we get to call home. The vast wilderness opens in front of you right outside the villages and seems never ending.
Nature bursts into life
After the snow melts, the fells come to life with vegetation. Lapland’s growth season is short but intense, thanks to the midnight sun. The low-growing alpine azalea and pincushion plant thrive on the windy slopes of the fells, bearing small, pretty flowers for visitors to admire. Lower on the slopes, multi-trunk mountain birches growing in thickets attract the hiker’s attention. With their twisted and knotted trunks, they have the appearance of an enchanted apple tree grove.
Riverbanks in blossom
On the shores of the rivers and streams, the vegetation is lusher. On a canoeing trip at the height of summer, the visitor can admire the bright yellow globeflowers and marsh-marigolds that adorn the riverbanks. The blue Jacob’s-ladder adds to the riot of colour on the shores.
Ripened by the midnight sun
Several wild berries ripen under the midnight sun: cloudberries, lingonberries, blueberries, crowberries and cranberries. The most sought after of these is the cloudberry, which grows on marshy terrain and ripens at different times. In warm summers, some cloudberries may be ready for picking as early as in late July, while others ripen as late as September, just before the first frosty mornings. Anyone can freely pick wild berries and forest mushrooms in Lapland and elsewhere in Finland.
Sleepless in Lapland
Energised by Lapland’s midnight sun, visitors and locals can enjoy the opportunities for outdoor activities also at night-time. A fishing or hiking trip on a light summer’s night is something to remember. Northern Lapland offers numerous destinations where you can hike independently or with a guide. Saariselkä alone boasts more than 200 kilometres of hiking trails for outdoor enthusiasts. Why not hike to the top of a fell to admire the sun that just grazes the horizon before climbing up in the sky again?
Accommodation for all
Whether you prefer to sleep under a duvet or a starry sky, there is a wide range of accommodation options available. From a high-class villa to an aurora cabin, or an all-inclusive hotel to a camping site – you can find it all in Inari-Saariselkä. Cosy holiday apartment or a private lakeside cottage offers a personal touch to your dream holiday.
Destinations and sights
Inari-Saariselkä is a vast area in northernmost Finnish Lapland, with many exciting destinations and sights within. Get to know the different villages of the northern region – In the villages of Inari-Saariselkä, you will find the authentic Finnish Lapland.