Where to Go Next: Saariselkä, Finland

  • Winters at Saariselka are perfect for sledding, skiing, and snowmobile safaris.

    Winters at Saariselka are perfect for sledding, skiing, and snowmobile safaris.

  • The resort's Igloo Village comprises up to 20 glass igloos. (Photo: Valtteri Hirvonen)

    The resort's Igloo Village comprises up to 20 glass igloos. (Photo: Valtteri Hirvonen)

  • The aurora borealis seen over Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort's glass igloos. (Photo: Valtteri Hirvonen)

    The aurora borealis seen over Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort's glass igloos. (Photo: Valtteri Hirvonen)

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A small village in Finland’s Lapland region, Saariselkä is mostly popular as a winter getaway, with weather conditions and terrains that are perfect for skiing, sledding, and even snowmobile safaris through frozen lakes and snowy forests. There is a 75 percent chance of an aurora borealis occurrence every night in the winter, making the town of just one gas station, one supermarket, and a few hotels and restaurants a favorable destination for many.

Places of note: One unique experience in Saariselkä is a stay at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, where aside from its regular lodges, visitors can opt to spend the night in a thermal glass igloo. These spaces come with a transparent oval roof that enables guests to take in magical views of the northern lights from the comfort of their beds. Reindeer meat is one local delicacy you want to try while here, and restaurants like the Pirkon Pirtti and Kaunispään Huippu offer different variations of it.

How to get there: Finnair and Norwegian Air each have regular flights to Ivalo Airport, which is a short 20 to 30-minute drive away from town.

When to go: Winter in the region typically start in October and lasts through April.

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