• 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

          Pello-Tornio river, salmon fishing
        • Experience Ylitornio

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          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.

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          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.

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          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.

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        • Towns and villages

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        • Our history


Little things create big feelings

A colourful bunch of big and small events is organized on both sides of the river. Some of the best known yearly events gather hundreds or even thousands of people. The smaller and more quaint ones make you feel like a guest of honour. Read more about the events here. And check the calendar – there might be something on just for you.

Come with us to Our Lapland’s events!

Together, Finland and Sweden organise many events in the Tornio River Valley area. And, there are also own happenings in both countries and Finns and Swedes visit them all. Check out the latest updates on the Finnish page.



A legendary music festival on the gorgeous hill of Aavasaksa. The festival is not be organised every year.


The Tornio River is a well-known salmon river and naturally where there’s salmon there are people who want to celebrate it. On the river there are many salmon themed events from season opening to ending and salmon fishing competitions.

The Pajala Village Fair

An epic fair transforming the Pajala village centre into one big market place and festival for several days in July. You don’t want to miss this.


Is another spectacular event where petrol heads and other motor enthusiasts gather to watch cars race in the Kittisvaara track. The amateur or everyman racing class is a display of a variety of vehicles – wonderful!


Yet another a two-country affair in Finnish Kukkolankoski and Swedish Kukkolaforsen. The summer festival celebrates the whitefish as it comes to spawn, as well as the soon beginning dip net fishing season of whitefish. This traditional style of fishing is typical of the lower Torne River area.

Swim the Arctic Circle

A swimming competition organised by the Juoksengi villages in Finland and Sweden. There are many classes in the competition: the most famous one starts around midnight, in the light of polar summer, in the Finnish Juoksenki and finishes in the Swedish Juoksengi. Do well in the competition and you may reach the finish line in the same or even the previous day – so you have a chance to swim into the past!







European Festival of the Night

A cross-cultural festival in the village of Korpilombolo in northern Sweden. A unique environment with extraordinary culture: literature, other arts and philosophy.

Meän Hihto – Our Ski Competition

A big skiing competition on the Torne River ice and on ski tracks both in Finland and Sweden. This competition organised in March has fantastic prizes and great wintry atmosphere – as is usual in Our Lapland!

Ice Fishing Events

The riverside draws ice fishers to its many events. Tornion suurpilkit is the largest ice fishing event in Finland with thousands of participants, and for example the spring time H-pilkki fishing competition further north along the river is organised together by Finns and Swedes.

We do it twice

A New Year’s celebration where you can say Happy New Year twice as the year changes twice due to two time zones. Twice the magic!

Other events

In Pello for example the Watercross, midsummer celebration, the fair and village events get people together – and the reindeer who have their competition on the river ice in spring…


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