Cultural area shared by Finland and Sweden
Inhabitation along the Torne River goes way back in time: the richness of nature attracted people to the area to practice fishing and forage for food. This area has a spirit like no other with multiple layers of cultural heritage. The friendliest border in the world separates two states, however, uniting people and a way of life. Come and meet the pleasant and easy-going people in Our Lapland.
Vasikkavuoma (Pajala, SWE)
This gorgeous culture and nature sight is located in Pajala. On the fields of Vasikkavuoma, quaint barns as far as your eye can see.
By the Lake Oranki a fascinating nature art exhibition. It is open 24/7 and the entrance is free.
This must be on everyone’s bucket list: crossing the Arctic Circle. You can cross this magical boundary in the Juoksengi village by the Torne River – both in Finland and Sweden.
Kukkola (Tornio/Haparanda, FIN&SWE)
A historic yet vibrant village on the Torne River carries on the tradition of dip net fishing.
Cultural sights on the map
- Aunesgården (Övertorneå)
- Aavasaksa: Keisarinmaja (the emperor’s cabin), statue of Kariniemi (Ylitornio)cave
- Hanhivittikko culture conservation area (Övertorneå)
- H.M. Hermansons (Haparanda)
- Kivipirtti cave (Pello)
- Kukkolankoski rapids (Tornio, Haparanda)
- Köngäksen ruukki (ironworks) (Pajala)
- Laestadius museum (Pajala)
- Meltosjärven savottapiha (logging site) (Ylitornio)
- Oranki Art (Pello)
- Palolaki reindeer fence (Tärendö)
- Palsa museum (Kittilä)
- Pello local history museum (Pello)
- Punainen mylly (Övertorneå)
- Saivaara stone age village (Haparanda)
- Siikajoen mylly (arts hall) (Kolari
- Särestöniemi museum (Kittilä)
- Torne Valley fishing museum (Kukkola, Swe)
- Torne Valley museum (Tornio)
- Tärendö local history museum (Tärendö)
- Vasikkavuoma (Pajala)