"a piece of the most beautiful Finland"
Here only few words people have used to descripe this remote natural waterfall. May you go and see it yourself next summer?
The Economist Christmas Issue 2016: Talo on the range
Eight decades ago, great excitement was in the air in Salla. The first finnish National Championship in winter sports were about to begin in Salla! The first slalom and downhill skiing races took place in 1937 at the original Salla Fells, Sallatunturi and Rohmoiva, which today are situated on Russian territory. The winner, racing on a natural surface and hand made wooden skis, was the legendary Erkki Penttilä. Back then, the runs were created by stomping by foot, the competitors made their way to the top of the run on foot and trying not to hit on a tree, while the audience cheered the athletes on both sides of the slope! There were no safety barriers, mattresses or ski lifts.
Since then, many things have changed and even the fell itself is not the same, as the original was conceded to Russia following WWII. A young local boy, who witnessed the original championships first hand, was inspired to replace the lost slope. His ski run is now flanked by 14 others as well as 6 lifts, and skiers from all over the world come to enjoy these slopes.
Salla - birth place of skiing
Among the organisers of the historic Finnish championships at Salla was the local Sallan Karhut sports club. The club has been active since 1929 and remains popular and well-attended to this day. In addition to alpine pursuits, the club also offers opportunities for other sports, including midnight trail running for both locals and visitors. The Salla Midnight Trail Run and last summer’s orienteering events were well attended, attracting both advanced runners and novices. More night-time running is planned for the next summer season and information on these will be provided closer to the time.
In tribute to the 80th anniversary of the first slalom and downhill skiing Finnish Championships, Sallan Karhut will be organising an anniversary National Championship slalom in Salla this spring. And what an event it will be, with an entire week’s worth of sporting fun and Finnish Championship races to look forward to! The event kicks off with slalom racing, including a Finnish Championships, a FIS event, as well Finnish Youth Championships in slalom, super slalom and pair slalom. Down the slopes there will be also other atractions and café for the audience including the Alpine Skiing History tent. “We are hoping to deliver a fun and popular sport event for all. If we succeed in attracting plenty of competitors and audience and offer an excellent selection of activities, the event will have a positive impact for the local area, including the tourism sector,” commented Sallan Karhut organiser Kalevi Korhonen.
The championships will be put together and run by volunteers, and the organisers are hoping to use local talent as much as possible. The challenge is to secure sufficient numbers of volunteers, who are able to attend full-time at such a long event and also need to be proficient skiers in order to work effectively on the slopes. This is particularly important as Sallan Karhut are known for their high standards and quality! The organisers are putting out a call for volunteers and everyone is welcome to join in, including former club members and the general public. The club Chairman, Jarkko Korkeasalo, highlights the important role partners play in the delivery of events of this kind: “Our partners are important to everything that we do, and the contribution of our active members and volunteers is vital. Happily, we have always received excellent support but you can never have too much help. We would like to invite everyone to join us with this exciting event and our excellent group!” The ski championships are organised by Sallan Karhut in collaboration with Salla Municipality and Kaunisharju Oy.
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The winter season is starting and there are 38 km of illuminated skiing tracks open for skiing. Welcome!
Do you have enough vacation time?
Here in Salla Lapland we do. We truly hope that you do remember our special nature conditions when it comes to holidays. Southern Europe has short days and long dark nights but we have long sunny nights and bright summer days. In Finland and specially in finnish Lapland summer holiday seems to be double compared to others, right? Additional to that we also have cleanest air and water in the world.
It might sound a bit unfair - don’t you think? That is also the reason that we are hearing rumors that we should have only half holidays! For this reason we do our very best to get people from Europe to share it with us and breathe the fresh air together with midnight sun.
Seminar on the of the future of Nature and Wellness tourism in the Arctic will be held in Salla on 16th of June 2015 at 12.00-19.00. "NATURE TOURISM SEMINAR The Future of Sustainable Tourism at Arctic Salla" - seminar is part of the municipality of Salla and Salla tourism marketing association Matkalle Sallaan ry ECOSALLA- development project, which aims to develop Salla to one of the leading Finnish nature tourism destinations.
International seminar speakers include Professor Johan R. Edelheim from Faculty of Social Sciences / Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI) Rovaniemi Finland, Dr. Peter Zimmer from PKF International, a consulting company from Hamburg Germany. In addition, representatives of Metsähallitus and the University of Helsinki will talk about Salla from the perspective of national parks and Värriö nature research center.
The seminar will address the possibilities of Lapland, and Salla in international comparisons and the uniqueness of the development of year-round nature tourism and the principles of sustainable development at tourism. The seminar venue is in Salla reindeer park, Hautajärventie 111, 98900 Salla. The seminar is free of charge. The seminar is in English.
NATURE TOURISM SEMINAR
Future of sustainable tourism at arctic Salla
Check in at accommodation
20:30 Midnight sun program at Tuohenlusikka wilderness camp
Biking tour under the midnight sun to the top of Sallatunturi fell. Enjoy the wilderness scenery and see how “In the middle of nowhere” you really are.
Arriving to Tuohenlusikka wilderness camp where you can relax in the traditional sauna, take a swim in the refreshing water of Tuohenlusikka lake and taste the Lappish delicacies in the midnight dinner by the open fire.
12:00 Welcome greeting from the municipality of Salla
Mr Erkki Parkkinen, Salla municipal mayor
12:15 From Indian summer to untouchable mountains - International success stories from National parks which have created sustainable activities and development together with nearby communities
PKF hotelexperts GmbH, Vienna. PKKF hotelexperts is the largeset hospitality consulting firm in the world. Founded at Chicago in 1927.
13:30 Coffee break
13:45 Salla, The cleanest nature in the world, sustainability at its finest
Mr Tuukka Petäjä, Professor Physics, University of Helsinki
16:15 National Parks in Lapland – The secrets of untouchable nature, stress relief and other health benefits
Mr. Joel Erkkonen, Senior Advisor, Metsähallitus
17:45 Coffee break
18:00 Future of sustainable tourism at arctic, Salla
Prof. Johan R. Edleheim, University of Lapland
19:30 Discussion and end of the Seminar
Mr Erkki Parkkinen, Salla municipal mayor
Oulanka National Park in Salla has been listed in the 10 best National Parks in Europe by The Guardian. The strenghts in Oulanka National Park are the suitability for families and for different kinds of activities, and also the diversity of the flora and fauna. There’s also a possibility to overnight and see elsewhere rare plants. And the scenery is absolutely breathtaking all year round.
More information on The Guardian website.
Documentary movie filmed in Salla is having its premiere in whole Finland on Fri 12.12. and in Salla Sat 13.12. Aatsinki-the Story of Arctic Cowboys is a story of a one year life of a reindeer herder in Salla, Finnish Lapland.
Film is showed in Salla school center on Sat 13.12. at 14:00 and 16:00. And the main characters of the film will be present in the first showing.