Salla

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Resort life

The resort itself is not the wildest of places and if you were here just for snowboarding you may find the terrain a bit limited after a week or so. However walk a few hundred metres in either direction out of the resort and you will find plenty of activities to keep even the most extreme sports fan happy. With so much else going on off the slopes you would be foolish to come all this way here and not to try the other activities available in Salla. The snow mobile excursions ran by (Arctic Circle Safaris) should be on any snowboarders checklist and will have you racing through the snow capped forest whilst grinning ear to ear.

Snowmobiling Group Salla
Snowmobiling Group Salla
Michael Whittaker

Another must is the husky rides which are also great fun and will provide an ideal day out if you intend to have a rest from the slopes. For the child in you head to the Reindeer Safari in Salla Reindeer Park where you can take a reindeer sleigh through the forest. It is hear where it really hits home that you are in Lapland, the journey stops halfway through in a Lappish hut where you can grill sausages and get some coffee heated on a fire, this is one thing you will see a lot in Finland and feels like a real return to nature when you are sitting by the fire.

Salla Snow Reindeer Park
Salla Snow Reindeer Park
M Whittaker

One thing many flock here for is also the chance to see the Northern Lights if you head here for these there is also an interesting multimedia show night ran by Bart Braafhart  (B.Art) who tells you all about the phenomenon and how best to see them for real.

Eating

Salla has a few local eateries and restaurants that are worth checking out. A few we can recommend are the a la'carte restaurant Kiela ( Sallatunturin Tuvat) this is a very modern restaurant that also has a good sports bar inside the building that hosts local bands.
 

Salla Kiella restaurant
Salla Kiella restaurant
M Whittaker

For something a little different you should head out to the Lappish evening in the Starry Sky Hut (located in the Salla Reindeer Park). Through the evening is a you will get to try traditional Lappish food and hear the stories and traditions of the Lappish people. Within the resort a lot of guests take advantage of the breakfast and half board options at the Holiday Club Salla these options are available through Crystal Ski. 

Slopeside next to the beginner area there is a good bar / restaurant the Sallatunturin keloravintola. Made in a traditional wooden style this has reasonably priced lunch buffet at 10 Euros per head as well as a more extensive menu.  The hotel also has a small shop but for those wanting to go the self catering route you really will need to head to the nearest supermarket that it 10km away as it offers more choice and better value than the shop.

Nightlife

As you can imagine situated in the middle of nowhere in the Artic Cirlce Salla is not renowned for it's nightlife but there are still a few options for après drinks including a nice slopeside bar Sallatunturin keloravintola where you can sink a few cold ones.

Salla Piste Restaurant
Salla Piste Restaurant
M Whittaker

The main hotel has a bar but this closes early 9pm or soon after. It may be worth heading to the sports bar in the Sallatunturin Tuvat restaurant if you want the night to last a little longer, the bar often has live bands and sports on.

Salla Kiella Sports Bar
Salla Kiella Sports Bar
M Whittaker

With the chance of the Northern lights making an appearance a lot of people come here not to party but to observe the skies so it is always worth taking an evening stroll around the local lake to clear the head if you have had too many. Beers will set you back around 5-7 Euros so prices are comparable to the popular resorts of France and Switzerland.

Accomodation

Accommodation resolves around the Holiday Club Salla which own a hotel and a variety of beautiful self catering and half board lodges. The lodges are stunning and perfect for couples, small groups and families looking for an amazing place to get away from it all. Each is very well equipped with a drying locker, kitchen, private saunas and log burning stove. The hotel and the lodges are all within a few minutes walk of the lifts so getting to the slopes is a breeze and  nothing here feels crowded so everything has a laid back and relaxed feel. 

Salla Lodge
Salla Lodge
M Whittaker

Crystal Ski Holidays (www.crystalski.co.uk; 020 8939 0726) offers a week's stay at the three-star Salla Cabins from £419  per person (based on four sharing) including flights from Gatwick and transfers departing on 10 January 2016.
 
A week’s half board at the three-star Hotel Revontuli costs from £679 per person (based on two sharing) including flights from Gatwick and transfers.
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