Lapland Safaris Ski Café and ‘Kota’ hut dinners at Saariselkä

The spring time in Northern Lapland has started to show its signs as the daylight is breaking every day earlier and the evenings are more lit by the Sun. Every week towards summer adds some 45 minutes of daylight until it reaches the peak ‘Nightless Night’ – two and a half months of endless day starting at MAY 21.

Here in Saariselkä we are enjoying the magnificient outdoors and we also want you to experience the same too! Right now we have 60 centimeters of snow and the winter activities are on full throttle!

Kota bar restaurant Lapland Safaris Saariselkä

The bar at the Kota from Lapland Safaris

As we have had lots of requests from our guests to have a visiting place close by Saariselkä Centre with easy access and good services we have opened the Lapland Safaris Ski Café. Located just one kilometer from the official starting point of the ski tracks towards Ski Saariselkä you can reach the Café fairly easily as the ski tracks are suitable even for beginners. There is a guidepost located by the tracks at the crossroads.

How to get to the Ski Café in Saariselkä

From our office in Saariselkä you can rent cross country skis or join our Cross Country Skiing trip which is a two hour program on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:00-12:00.

Arrival to the Ski Café on foot or by car: One kilometer distance from Lapland Safaris Office towards Ski Saariselkä, then turn right to a small alley. Guidepost is located by the road at the crossroads.

The Lapland Safaris Ski Café building is a wooden Lappish ‘Kota’ hut with some 30 seats surrounding the open fireplace. The Café serves coffee (made in traditional way on open fire), tea and other hot drinks. Snacks (like crepes, sausage, chocolate etc.) are also on the menu. There is an opportunity to fry sausage on the open fire.

Our staff at the Café will help with ski waxing as there is a possibility to have quick service for skis.

Surroundings of Ski Café near Saariselkä

Surroundings of Ski Café near Saariselkä

Don’t get lost! Maps for skiers are also being sold.

You can rent Snowshoes and Short Skis (wide skis specially designed for off-track skiing) from the café.

– Our main purpose is to offer a new place easy to access for the visitors in Saariselkä.

Whether you are coming by skis, car or on foot you are warmly welcome to visit and have a break at the beautiful Iiskonlompolo, says the café hostess Maria.

Lapland Safaris Ski Café by the skiing tracks in Iiskonlompolo is open FEB 16 – MAR 10 from 10:00 until 16:00.

‘Kota’ hut dinners at Ski Café

On three Thursdays (19.2., 26.2. and 5.3.) a three course dinner made by our Chef will be served at the ‘kota’ hut Ski Café.

kota saariselkä Iisko

The kota bar and restaurant in Iiskonlömpölö, Saariselkä


Reindeer-tomatosoup, fried rye crutons, baquette + herb paste

Glow-fried salmon, owen-fried vegetables and tumoric-dill sauce

Crepes flambéed with Lappish Cognac, whipped cream and coffee/tea

Price: 66 EUR / person

Reservations latest on the previous day by 16:00 (minimum 6 persons).

Reservations by Email: OR by phone: +358 (0) 16 331 12 80.

Please submit table reservations latest one day prior from our office (contact information below).


Additional information and table reservations for dinner:

Lapland Safaris North Oy Email.

Saariseläntie 13, 99800 Saariselkä

Tel. 016 33 11 280


Author: Julián Amorrich

A Spanish happily living in Lapland for the last 14 years. Passionate about Finland and her nature. Working in tourism, at Lapland Safaris, running on the forest no matter the weather, writing at and

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