The peaceful Saariselka Cabins offer authentic Finnish living, thanks to cosy lodges that come with the bonus of saunas.
These 4 log cabins put you right in the middle of Lapland’s snowy, tree-cloaked wilderness. They’re within walking distance of cross-country skiing tracks, and a half-hour walk from the centre of Saariselka.
Inside, the cabins are traditional and homely in style. Expect cladding on the walls and stone-built fireplaces. They all come with nice-to-haves like TVs and typically Finnish saunas.
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After landing at Ivalo Airport, you’ll be given some thermal clothing and all the information needed for your Lapland experience, and then it's off to your Saariselka hotel. You can spend the rest of the day settling in and getting to know the town.
You can try a taster session of snowmobiling and husky or reindeer sleigh rides today. Afterwards, your elf guide will give you a tour of the village. There’s plenty of free time, too, so you can book yourself on to an excursion and experience your favourite taster from earlier.
It’s time to meet the big man in red. You’ll head to a secluded spot in the woods – one of the most beautiful places in Lapland. As you make your way down to Santa’s Creek, you’ll bump into reindeers, elves and a Lappish shaman, before sitting down with Father Christmas himself. Come evening, you can tuck into a gala buffet accompanied by festive-themed fireworks.
Those of you on 4-night trips will enjoy Day 3’s activities today. On Day 3, you’ll have some free time to play in the snow, or book onto an excursion.
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On arrival there'll be some essentials to get you started, including - coffee, milk, tea, bread, sugar, crisps, jam, butter, cheese, ham, eggs, bacon, biscuits and orange juice.
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Bungalow with Bunk Beds
These bungalows come with a warm and cosy feel. There’s 2 twin bedrooms plus a bunkbed. You’ll have a lounge area for that extra bit of space. And there’s a kitchen where you can make quick meals and snacks.
Bungalow with Sauna
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Great experience in a natural setting
We spent 1 night in this lovely log cabin in mid-March. It was our first time staying at a log cabin and it was a nice change from the usual hotels and motels. The reception and check-in was at Saariselka Inn which is in a different location in town from the log cabins, about 15 min walk away. Those without their own transport might find this a little inconvenient. We had our own rental car and had driven down from Ivalo for a husky safari with Husky & Co, whose office was conveniently located just next to Saariselka Inn. After the safari, we checked in at the restaurant area and collected our cabin keys, then drove to the log cabin. Each cabin had its own carpark space in front of the cabin. There was firewood at the entrance area. Inside the cabin there was a fully equipped kitchen, small dining and living area, a fireplace, a bathroom with a sauna room, 2 bedrooms with a bunk bed (single bed on top, double at the bottom) and a loft which could accommodate about 2-3 people on mattresses laid on the loft floor. A microwave and dishwasher was provided so we could cook our own dinner, which we did. As there were only 4 of us, we used the bunk beds (the loft didn't have any windows). Mattresses were thin and not as comfortable as those in hotels. The only minor complaints about the cabin was that the lighting in the entire cabin was a bit dim and that the bathroom didn't have a separate shower stall or enclosure which meant a wet bathroom floor. The reception had also forgotten to tell us the wifi password so we made use of our prepaid Elisa Saunalahti mobile data (just 1E/day for unlimited 4G data) as we had good reception in this area. The reception also explained how to use the sauna and told us that there would be instructions on how to use the fireplace in the cabin but we didn't find any. The heating was adequate so we didn't bother using it as we were only here for 1 night. We could actually spot the aurora just outside our cabin though it was a little low on the horizon so we drove up to Kaunispaa hill nearby where we had a much better view of the aurora, although it was also very cold and windy, around -15C with the wind chill. Overall, a very nice experience in this log cabin with a very authentic back-to-nature feel and setting. Highly recommend it for families or groups especially if you have your own transport.More
We stayed in one of the cabins in March 2017 for 3 nights and loved it! The cabins are beautiful, cosy and magical (especially if they are covered by deep snow as they were during our visit). Fireplace and sauna make it even better experience. Location of cabins is quite good - they are located 10 minutes by walk from Saariselka town centre. Benefit of such location is that it's dark enough to see Northern Lights while staying just a few meters from the cabin. There is also WiFi inside. Even though I was told on reception that it's slow and not reliable, it worked like a charm during our stay (cabin no. 5).More
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We have been to Finland 3 times before,we just love it. This time we decided to stay in Saariselka, a 3 hour transfer with a courtesy stop half way. The village is small and we decided to stay at the Saariselka inn cabins.The area they are in is great,we saw the northern lights outside.The accommodation is rustic but was let down by no drying cupboard,thought they were standard,but did have a sauna and log burner. Inghams state it as a 3 star which is probably right. However this didn't affect our holiday and was a fair place as a base.More
It was amazing!
the log cabins are far from city center...i.e just 10 min walk...and that was the biggest negative for the place from there reviewers...however...there was a short cut and it was not bad at all.. it was so convenient and had all the facilities...cut wood, hot water, towels etc,,,and even the bathroom tiles felt like they were heated..a sure boon in this weather. We had a fantastic time. At check in they gave all the info we needed too. They had a very bad breakfast for a vegetarian person. Needed to just have some grilled veggies or fruits. However, we thoroughly enjoyed the cabins!!!More
My partner and I stayed here in January and we loved it cosy cabin with a fire and magical surroundings the snow just makes it picturesque!.we wanted to spend so much time in our cabin because it was so homely.When you check in just a warning that it's about a 5-7minute walk to your cabin and when you have suitcases it's a mission you can grab a taxi downstairs at the supermarket but will come at a cost of about 11 euros. I don't know how anyone could be disappointed in these cabins unless it really just isn't your cup of tea 😊More
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