The sun goes down on the eve of Independence Day and it will not rise above the horizon again until the Epiphany.
Even though the sun does not rise, the polar night does not mean complete darkness. The nature is enveloped by a blue dusk, which is created by the light of the moon, stars and
Northern Lights, reflected by the snow. It is not pitch-dark like it is in the south, but it is actually possible to move outside at any time, day and night, without additional light.
Although the sun stays below the horizon, its rays reach Saariselkä. During clear weather, especially from the fells you can admire the gorgeous sky imbued in different hues of blue and red.
Many people feel that the polar night is calming during the quiet time of the year.
Saariselkä’s water is clean
At Saariselkä you can drink clean water straight from the tap. Drinking water comes from three pump stations. The upper water station is on the southern slope of Kaunispää
and contains 200,000 litres of water reserves, which is enough for around 24 hours for the whole of Saariselkä. Pumped from an average depth of 20 metres underground,
the ground water requires no treatment before drinking.