Saariselkä Day: Tundra trek, Lunch & Sauna

Combine a winter trek with a blissful sauna experience!

Join us for a winter adventure day in the UKK National Park in Saariselkä. Learn about the area's unique flora and fauna from our knowledgeable guide while trekking through the terrain on snowshoes. There will be ample opportunities to take photos, identify local birdlife, animals and discover their tracks in the snow. 

Photo Credits: Jaakko Posti, Tero Turpainen / Visit Finland

What to Expect

  • Family Friendly: This experience is family-friendly with a recommended age of 10 years. We can however provide easier hiking options for participants with smaller children 
  • Clothing and Gear: Warm clothing and suitable winter gear are essential. Overalls, warm boots, and gloves are provided if needed, but it’s advisable to dress in layers
  • A temperature limit of -25°C: If the forecast for the day is colder / weather conditions unsuitable,  we will cancel and/or reschedule the trip. There is no additional fee in case the trip is cancelled by Xwander


Meeting at Xwander Nordic

We will meet up at Xwander headquarters at 9:45. We will gear you up for the Saariselkä experience with snowshoes, overalls, boots and gloves if needed.

Morning Trek & Guided Exploration

Explore the UKK National Park of Saariselkä. Depending on the snow conditions, we will use snowshoes, gliding snowshoes or backcountry skis to navigate the terrain. Our knowledgeable guide will provide insights into the UKK National Park’s ecosystem and its historical significance.

Lappish Lunch

After the trek, enjoy a Lappish lunch at Kaunispää Fell, where you can take in the stunning views of Saariselkä. The meal is prepared with locally sourced ingredients, offering a taste of regional culinary traditions.

Afternoon Sauna

Relax in a traditional sauna located in Laanila. There is also an opportunity to try ice swimming for a truly invigorating experience.

Total duration of the activity is approximately seven hours and we return to Ivalo between 17:00 and 18:00.

Day-to-day itinerary adjustments may occur in response to weather conditions and forecasts


What do I need to bring?

  • Warm Clothes: Dress in weather appropriate layers including a good hat, scarf, and socks
  • Phone/Camera, powerbank if needed

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Book With Confidence

  • Local family owned business
  • Personalized service
  • Flexible itineraries
  • Small group sizes

Price Includes

  • Guide services
  • Snowshoes, gliding snowshoes or backcountry skis (depending of the weather)
  • Winter overalls, warm boots and gloves
  • Lappish lunch
  • Hot drinks and snacks
  • Sauna entrance fee and a towel
  • Transfers from Ivalo and back

Price Excludes

  • Swimwear (for the sauna)
  • Supplementary transfers from Inari, Nellim, Kakslauttanen, Kiilopää and Saariselkä (+20 € / person)