• 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

          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

        • 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

          Mustikassa Vuoskuvaarassa elokuussa 2020. Kuvaaja Iina Askonen
        • Our blog

        • Survival Guide

        • Different rhythm of life

          Original Lapland, Tornionlaakson syksy ja ruskan värit
        • 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

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

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        • Our history

Good to know

Time difference

Finland and Sweden are one hour apart: Finland is an hour ahead of Sweden. Because of the time difference you can swim to the past in the Swim the Arctic Circle event!


In Sweden and Finland wine is not available in the supermarkets, and in Sweden drinks stronger than 3.5% alc./vol. are only available in System Bolaget. In Finland supermarkets sell drinks containing up to 5.5 % alc./vol., and wines etc. are available in Alko. Note that In Sweden the System Bolaget’s opening hours are shorter than Alko’s in Finland.


It may seem that the distances are long in our Lapland, however, in time they may be shorter than driving in heavy traffic in a city.

In emergency

The emergency number in Finland and Sweden is 112. Finland and Sweden co-operate in emergencies in the Torne River area.

Fishing in Sweden

Anyone fishing is obligated to learn the local legislation from sellers of fishing permit, tourist information services or the county administrative board website (Norrbotten) and act accordingly. You don’t need a so called fishing card in Sweden, however, as fishing permit is required in almost all waters.

Hunting in Sweden

You can buy a hunting licence at a post office in Sweden or at Naturvårdsverket website if you have a Finnish hunting licence. A Finnish hunting insurance is also valid in Sweden. A hunting licence for visitors can be purchased from hunting clubs or land owners. To hunt elk, you’ll need to take a shooting test. Imported weapons and equipment to Sweden must be declared to the Swedish Customs.


Northern lights

Aurora Borealis are often thought to be seen in midwinter, but in fact, you can see them all autumn as the days become shorter, and also at night in early spring. The Finnish Meteorological Institute follows the activity of the northern lights.

Electric cars

The electric car charging network is expanding rapidly, reaching as far north as the northern tip of Our Lapland. However, it is good to be prepared: charging points can be found, but only near municipal centres, and the furthest distance is over 100 km between Kilpisjärvi and Kaaresuvanto.

Weather and temperature

In Our Lapland the weather conditions vary a lot. In summer, it might be +30 C and there are even some tropical nights with +20 C. It is more likely though that the daytime temperatures vary from +15 C to +20 C and at night they drop under +10 C. Winter’s coldest times are around December and January and temperatures can drop to -35 C, however, usually it’s between 0 and -25 C. Remember to check the weather before you pack for your holiday!


In summer, a sleep mask might help to guarantee a good night’s sleep unless you’re used to sleeping in bright sunshine. In spring and late winter, sun glasses are needed as the snow literally dazzles you. In the winter afternoons darkness falls rapidly so a headlamp is a must.

Money and paying

In Sweden the currency is the Swedish krona, and credit cards are accepted in most shops. Mobile Pay is used a lot in Finland, but it is not valid in Sweden, instead in use is Swish that requires a Swedish bank account.



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