• 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

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        • Cultural sights

        • Events

        • Pello the Fishing Capital

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        • Experience Ylitornio

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        • 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

        • Activities

        • Food and Drink

        • Our products

        • 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

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        • Our blog

        • Survival Guide

        • Different rhythm of life

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        • Good to know


          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

        • When you arrive

        • Sustainability

        • Members

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        • Towns and villages

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        • Our history

Different rhythm of life

Feel and sense the rhythm of light

Take a moment to watch how a new day dawns. See how the snow and trees reflect the gradually intensifying light. The light embraces the whole landscape. For a moment, morning is the colour of a rose.

Twilight takes us almost by surprise. The outlines of the scenery get blurry, the light slowly fades. As darkness falls, for a brief moment we can see nature and sky in blue hue as it prepares us for the night.


Beautiful darkness of the polar night

Seeking for calm? You will find it in the middle of the most beautiful darkness. A different rhythm of life, guided by light. In winter light is scarce but all the more beautiful. Shades of pastel paint a dreamlike scenery.

Dazzling light of spring

Spring comes with light and the darkness of winter subsides. Suddenly it is light and bright and dazzling! The locals put on their ski boots and snow shoes, they dig out their snowmobiles and fishing gear – spring is here!

Liberating light of spring

Finally, light prevails and pushes nature towards summer. This is a true spectacle of light – and ice. Every year the people of the riverside witness the breaking of ice. When does the ice break? Is the river already flooding? When will the first salmon arrive?

Summer 24/7

Our life in summer is intense! Nature awakes and its fast pace is contagious. The growth season is short so there is no time to waste. The river is flowing freely and the salmon are swimming to spawn in their birth places. People take their boats to water. There is light all night long until August.

Highlight of the late summer

As August comes, the evenings get shorter slowing us down as well. When the salmon fishing season is over, it’s good to take a moment to thank the river for the wonderful summer and nature’s bounty. Oh, how magical our summer has been!

Fading light paints the landscape

With the first frosty nights we say ‘farewell’ to summer. The landscape is vibrant with the autumn colours until the winter undresses the trees and plants of their foliage. Autumn is the most wondrous time to climb high and admire the scenery. Why not stay overnight outdoors and immerse in nature?

First northern lights and life just before snow

Before snow covers the ground the landscape is often wrapped up in a curtain of mist. There´s a magical feel to it. Hunting for the northern lights is done best in the late autumn before rivers and lakes get frozen, in the darkest of times. Reflections on the black waters double the experience.

Snow brings light and slows us down​

Frost is fantastic. Winter comes and covers nature with a soft white blanket of snow. The sounds of nature become subdued and the rhythm of life slows down.

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