Finland's national poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg put Saarijärvi firmly on the map in the hearts and minds of many Finns through his iconic character Paavo of Saarijärvi, a peasant hero and personification of the Finnish concept of "sisu", i.e. endurance and resilience. Today, Saarijärvi successfully exists as a modern town living and working in harmony with the natural surroundings of its lakeland landscape.
For visitors to the region Saarijärvi offers a rich pallet of high-quality services and truly unique and memorable experiences. We are blessed with a natural abundance of waterways for water sports and vast areas of pristine hiking country. We also rich in important cultural sites and cultural entertainments, open-air theatres, fun day-trip attractions for all the family and a diverse choice of accommodation from rustic forest cabin to luxury spa resort.
Saarijärvi is geographically located within a high snowfall zone -something the locals certainly know how to make the most of. Soon after the first permanent snow has arrived the town's intricate network of well-tended cross-country ski tracks are established, downhill ski slopes are packed and the snowmobiles get revving...
Location of Saarijärvi region
in Central Finland