This is the Arctic Space Centre in Sodankylä.
FMI-ARC provides several meteorological measurements and satellite data reception and processing.
For visitors we offer measurement infrastructure, workshop and accommodation facilities.
The Arctic Space Centre (FMI-ARC) main building ’Polaria’ in Tähtelä, Sodankylä, is a joint office for the Finnish Meteorological Institute and Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory.
When constructed, Polaria was the largest office building in Finland made of timber. On the facade of the building, timber is combined together with copper, glass and steel.
Polaria provides a lecture hall and several meeting rooms.
FMI-ARC has 4 guesthouses. In every guesthouse there are 2-3 rooms accommodating 1-2 people, a shared bathroom and a well-equipped kitchen. Bed sheets and towels are also provided. In total, there are 13 guestrooms providing 17 beds.
Several saunas are available for use. At the riverside there is a sauna with an outdoor hot tub and a hut with a fireplace. For transportation we have 4 cars, 5 snowmobiles and 2 ATVs.
In the Tähtelä area, there is a lunch place cafeteria Niesta, where it is possible to have breakfast and catering services by making an order in advance.
On the Tähtelä premises, we have