For an arriving guests
Arrival – Check-in
Saariselkä Booking sends information for picking up the keys / check-in to each guest with the confirmation of the booking. This information you can also find at the description page of your accommodation. In most cases the check-in is at the Saariselkä Booking reception. Saariselkä Booking location and contact info To make your check-in easier, you can fill in the Passanger Card beforehand and return it latest when picking up the keys. The Form is on the top of the page. Check-in is from 4 pm (16:00) on the day of arrival. It is possible to get the keys earlier if the cabin / apartment is cleaned after the previous guests and ready for the check-in. Guests will recieve 2 keys (regardless of the number of the guests) and will be provided with a map to the destination.
Staying at the Accommodation and the Service Person
We trust that you will treat the property as your own. Every cottage and apartment has the service person, whom you can contact at any time if you have any questions or notice concerning the equipment and/or condition of your accommodation. The service person’s phone number can be found from the first page of the Cabin Book. Please contact the service immediately, so that any problem can be solved right away. Complaints made later will not be taken into account. Booking terms, complaints At the cabin you will find:
- Dishwashing and general detergents, trash bags, toilet paper and cleaning equipment.
- Bedding, such as blankets and pillows.
- Basic kitchen equipment, dishes, kitchenware.
At the cabin you won’t find:
- Soap, shampoo and/or canditioner, kitchen paper, sauna bench pads (if not left by the previuos guests or confirmed otherwise in your booking confirmation).
- Spices (incl. salt and pepper) or other groceries (if not left by the previuos guests).
Check your invoice to find what is included in the rental price, usually those are linen, towels, end-of-stay clean and wood for the fireplace. If something is missing, please do cotact immediatly the cabin service person.
Safety tips, which may help to avoid accidents!
- It is common in Finland that bathroom has tiled floor and no shower mat. Floor might be slippery in the sauna and in the shower room.
- Entry hall might get very slippery if snow is not cleaned off your boots properly.
- It is safe to drink water from the tap. However, bottled water can bought from the supermarket.
Useful information during your stay at the resort
- Public emergency number is 112
- Nearest public health center (small hospital) is in Ivalo, 30 km to the north from Saariselkä. Nurse on duty tel. +358(0)40 770 9187.
- Private health center MedInari is in Saariselkä (only during high season). Tel. +358 (0)207 205 830. Limited opening hours.
- Pharmacy is in Ivalo (30 km). Basic medicines can be bought in the Cafe of Supermarket Kuukkeli, open daily at 9:00-21:00 (“medicine-locker” ).
- Airport Bus timetable and bus stops
- Saariselkä Taxi tel. +358(0)100 84644
- Ivalo Taxi tel. +358(0)100 87 888
Electric car charging in Saariselkä
Electric cars can be charged only at official charging points at Hotels Holiday Club and Riekonlinna. Please contact the reception of the hotels:
Saariselkä Booking on-call service
+358 40 521 2571. We will be glad to help you on phone in case of emergency even outside our opening hours (no sales services). But in case guests will need the person on duty to come to the reception or accommodation for a reason brought on by a lodger (i.e. key lost or other reason), an hourly compensation of 50 €/h will be charged, on Sundays and holidays 100 €/h. The fee must be paid immediately in cash.
Departure – Check-out
Before checking out
If any furniture etc. was moved inside the apartment, please return it on the place where it was on arrival.
Close all windows and doors. Switch off the lights.
The cleaner would appreciate if you take the garbage to the can outside and put the dishwasher on. There are recycling points in the crossroads of Saariseläntie and Jokostie (in front of Supermarket Kuukkeli). There you’ll find trash bins for paper, glass, metal and assorted wastes.
Check-out is at noon (12:00) on the day of departure. The guest should check-out and return the keys latest at 12:00 to the Saariselkä Booking’s reception or into the red mail box on the outside wall of the reception. If the key is lost, we will charge the real expenses (min. 400 €). Luggage room is at the reception of Saariselkä Booking. Reception is open
Average weather conditions
The following description of average prevailing weather conditions can change yearly and can vary regionally and locally. Month: Average temp. in °C day (night) / Average day light in hours / Average snow depth in cm
- January: -9 (-18) / 4 h / 40 -70 cm
- February: -8 (-17) / 6 h / 50-80 cm
- March: -3 (-13) / 10 h / 60-100 cm
- April: +3 (-7) / 14 h / 50-80 cm
- May: +9 (+0) / 18 h / 0-20 cm
- June: +15 (+6) / 24 h / 0 cm
- July: +19 (+10) / 24 h / 0 cm
- August: +16 (+7) / 20 h / 0 cm
- September: +10 (+3) / 15 h / 0 cm
- October: +3 (-3) / 11 h / 0 cm
- November: -4 (-11) / 7 h / 0-30 cm
- December: -7 (-15) / 4 h / 10-40 cm
Winter clothing in safari
In winter time the temperature often drops 20 degrees Celsius below zero and even less. Be sure to wear warm and dry clothes. During very cold weather your skin will be better protected without creams (those which contain water) and if you avoid washing your face before going outside. Winter clothing what clients get from safari company: overall, mittens, balaclava, hat, socks and boots. What clients should bring with them is: 1. layer: warm thermal long sleeve and long leg underwear and socks (merino wool is best next to your skin) 2. layer: sweater (wool or fleece) and sweatpants 3. layer: fleece jacket It’s best to have several layers and avoid cotton.
Before arriving in Saariselkä – Finland
- Currency is Euro €
- Electricity is 230 volts / 50 hertz (Alternating current).
- Time-zone is the East-European (2 hours ahead UTC)
- It is safe to drink tap water
- Tips are included in price
- All major credit cards can be used
- Nature takes an essential part of Finland and is an important every-day part for Finnish people
- Finns are very respectful of others and of rules
- You might find food and alcoholic drinks a bit expensive…
- Saariselkä is located 260 km to north from the Arctic Circle
- Lapland is located on the same latitude as Alaska and Siberia
- Snow is guaranteed in Saariselkä in winter (November – April)
- In winter due to the low humidity the extreme cold doesn’t feel so cold
- Smoking is prohibited in all public areas, facilities and cabins /apartments
- Finns go to sauna naked…and yes, temperature in sauna is about 100 ºC
Frequently asked questions
Saariselkä Bookings location and contact info
This is Finland facts and stats
The Official Travel Guide of Finland
12 Surprising things in which Finland is the best in the world
21 reasons to love Finland All that are Finns
Weather Forecast, Foreca
Weather Forecast, Finnish Meteorologigal Institute
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