The birthplace of skiing
It is an area steeped in culture, spanning from pre-history, through to World War ll and the modern day. When you talk to the locals, it’s clear to see how passionate they are about Salla and its incredible heritage and envious natural backdrop. One of the village’s proudest associations is that Salla is supposedly the birthplace of skiing, with the world’s oldest skis being uncovered here, dating back to 3200 BC.
The emphasis in Salla is on enjoying the pristine wilderness and surrounding nature. The Tunsta Wilderness Area surrounds the village, covering 212 square kilometres and the nearby Oulanka National Park is one of the most significant protected areas in Finland, due to its variety of plants, mosses, lichens and fungi. These untouched lands spread into the distance with seas of forest stretching out like a pine-covered carpet; snow-laden fields and iced- over marshes glisten in the Arctic light and the tranquil silence is only broken by sounds of nature.