• Many things to see and do on the river

          “Come along and we’ll show a Lapland you’ve never heard of.” Nature in all its splendour is present in everything. No need for Broadway shows. The locals help you to find the best performances nature has to offer. Your heart will sing and you’ll give a standing ovation as you take relaxing walk on a nature path or an exciting white-water excursion on the river. Not to mention cultural sights, interesting buildings and landmarks.

        • Things to Do

        • Explore nature

          explore nature-torne valley-river
        • Cultural sights

        • Events

        • Pello the Fishing Capital

          Pello-Tornio river, salmon fishing
        • Experience Ylitornio

          Original Lapland Aavasaksan kansallismaisemissa Ylitorniolla
        • SERVICES

          Our Lapland Invites You to Visit

          “We’ll take good care of you! Come along!”

          Sleep in a barn or in a five-star hotel decorated with magic of Lapland? A five-star dinner cooked with local ingredients, a quick packed lunch or more experimental cuisine with wild herbs? Paper art, traditional Lovikka mittens and reindeer products? In Our Lapland you’ll find a wide range of services.

        • Accommodation

          Valkea-lodge-majoitus-pello-huoneessa-original-lapland
        • Activities

          original-lapland-aktiviteetit-kalastus-tornionjoki
        • Food and Drink

        • Our products

          original-lapland-products-verstas-kotila
        • Meetings

        • Other services

        • OUR TIPS

          Our Lapland is also Your Lapland

          “When you understand what Our Lapland is like, you won’t want to leave.” Our calendar is the Torne River. When does the ice break? Is it already flooding? Is the salmon coming? Is the river already frozen? Our clock is the sun. During the polar night the sun is barely rises, so why not stay in and take it easy. In summer there is light, night and day. So much time and so many nice things to do! Still, let’s take it easy. Have a seat, we’ll have a coffee and a chat.

          Take a moment to feel the rhythm of light and nature.

        • Road Trips

          Road trip tips to Lapland
        • Local Gems

          Mustikassa Vuoskuvaarassa elokuussa 2020. Kuvaaja Iina Askonen
        • Our blog

          original-lapland-tornionlaakso-tornedalen-torniorivervalley
        • Survival Guide

        • Different rhythm of life

          Original Lapland, Tornionlaakson syksy ja ruskan värit
        • Good to know

          original-lapland-northern-lights-revontulet-tornio-river-valley-lapland
        • INFORMATION

          Come along!

          The river runs hundreds of kilometres from the Torne Lake in northern Sweden to the far end of the Bay of Bothnia. The area of Original Lapland is vast and the distances may be long, however, the road network and connections cover the area well and getting from place to place is no problem.

        • Contact info

          original-lapland-connect-information-ota-yhteyttä-riekko
        • When you arrive

        • Sustainability

          sustainability-vastuullisuus-kestävyys
        • Members

          original lapland members-jäsenyritykset-yritykset-jäsenet-yhdistys
        • Towns and villages

          towns and villages-kunnat ja kylät
        • Our history

        • Many things to see and do on the river

          “Come along and we’ll show a Lapland you’ve never heard of.” Nature in all its splendour is present in everything. No need for Broadway shows. The locals help you to find the best performances nature has to offer. Your heart will sing and you’ll give a standing ovation as you take relaxing walk on a nature path or an exciting white-water excursion on the river. Not to mention cultural sights, interesting buildings and landmarks.

        • Things to Do

        • Explore nature

          explore nature-torne valley-river
        • Cultural sights

        • Events

        • Pello the Fishing Capital

          Pello-Tornio river, salmon fishing
        • Experience Ylitornio

          Original Lapland Aavasaksan kansallismaisemissa Ylitorniolla
        • SERVICES

          Our Lapland Invites You to Visit

          “We’ll take good care of you! Come along!”

          Sleep in a barn or in a five-star hotel decorated with magic of Lapland? A five-star dinner cooked with local ingredients, a quick packed lunch or more experimental cuisine with wild herbs? Paper art, traditional Lovikka mittens and reindeer products? In Our Lapland you’ll find a wide range of services.

        • Accommodation

          Valkea-lodge-majoitus-pello-huoneessa-original-lapland
        • Activities

          original-lapland-aktiviteetit-kalastus-tornionjoki
        • Food and Drink

        • Our products

          original-lapland-products-verstas-kotila
        • Meetings

        • Other services

        • OUR TIPS

          Our Lapland is also Your Lapland

          “When you understand what Our Lapland is like, you won’t want to leave.” Our calendar is the Torne River. When does the ice break? Is it already flooding? Is the salmon coming? Is the river already frozen? Our clock is the sun. During the polar night the sun is barely rises, so why not stay in and take it easy. In summer there is light, night and day. So much time and so many nice things to do! Still, let’s take it easy. Have a seat, we’ll have a coffee and a chat.

          Take a moment to feel the rhythm of light and nature.

        • Road Trips

          Road trip tips to Lapland
        • Local Gems

          Mustikassa Vuoskuvaarassa elokuussa 2020. Kuvaaja Iina Askonen
        • Our blog

          original-lapland-tornionlaakso-tornedalen-torniorivervalley
        • Survival Guide

        • Different rhythm of life

          Original Lapland, Tornionlaakson syksy ja ruskan värit
        • Good to know

          original-lapland-northern-lights-revontulet-tornio-river-valley-lapland
        • INFORMATION

          Come along!

          The river runs hundreds of kilometres from the Torne Lake in northern Sweden to the far end of the Bay of Bothnia. The area of Original Lapland is vast and the distances may be long, however, the road network and connections cover the area well and getting from place to place is no problem.

        • Contact info

          original-lapland-connect-information-ota-yhteyttä-riekko
        • When you arrive

        • Sustainability

          sustainability-vastuullisuus-kestävyys
        • Members

          original lapland members-jäsenyritykset-yritykset-jäsenet-yhdistys
        • Towns and villages

          towns and villages-kunnat ja kylät
        • Our history

Cultural sights

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.

Hanhivittikko
(Övertorneå, SWE)

 

Meltosjärven Savottapiha
(Ylitornio, FIN)

 

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.

Oranki Art
(Pello, FIN)

By the Lake Oranki a fascinating nature art exhibition. It is open 24/7 and the entrance is free.

Napapiiri
(Juoksenki/Pello, FIN&SWE)

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.

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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)
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