Saariselkä is nestled amidst the fells and forests of North Eastern Finland, high above the Arctic Circle. It is a prime location for Aurora activity and the Northern Lights Village offers the ingenious glass-roofed and cosy, Aurora Cabins, which is separated from the town by thick forest. Unlike other destinations where Aurora accommodation may only be for a single night, here, you get to spend the whole of your holiday in one of the cabins. The tailor-made aspect of the holiday ensures that you can maximise your potential for spotting the Aurora by choosing Aurora activities, such as an adventure to the prime viewpoint at Paatsjoki Bridge, which lies close to the border of Russia. In addition, we also offer a range of daytime activities which allows you to explore the autumn landscape and delve deeper into the culture of Lapland.
The Autumn is a particularly special time to visit the Arctic. September is the peak of the Finnish ‘Ruska’ which is a local term referring to the changing colours of the leaves. The landscapes are bathed in vibrant shades of orange and brown, but as you approach November, you may experience the first snows of winter.
There is an assortment of activities available which focus on exploring the autumn landscapes. The Urho Kekkonen National Park showcases the very best of the Finnish ‘Ruska’. The pine forest and isolated fells are highlighted by the colours of autumn and the park is home to an abundance of birdlife.
A day trip to Inari includes a relaxing cruise on the lake, combined with a visit to the Sámi Siida Museum which provides a fascinating insight into the indigenous Sámi culture.
A particular highlight in Saariselkä is an interesting and rewarding trip to the Tankavaara Gold Village, which is said to be the only international museum in the world displaying the past and present of gold panning and prospecting. After a tour of the museum, you can try your hand at searching for gold. Anything you discover is yours to keep, so search hard enough and you may find your fortune in Lapland.
To conclude, this tailor-made holiday is ideal for Aurora seekers who want to potentially experience delightful displays, whilst enjoying the tranquil autumn terrain. The prospect of spending the entirety of your holiday in an Aurora Cabin ensures that you are able to maximise your potential for spotting this natural phenomenon and the daytime activities offer insight into all aspects of Lapland.
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