• 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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        • 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

          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

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        • Towns and villages

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        • Our history

Midsummer Sauna

Midsummer sauna

Midsummer in Original Lapland smells like fresh birch tree and sounds like the crackling of fire in the sauna pit. Enjoying sauna is one of the most important things of the midsummer celebration.

Preparing the wood burning sauna is part of the experience. We carry the wood and fill the water containers, get clean cloths in place and put the refreshments in the cold. The door sides are decorated with birch branches. Many give the sauna a thorough clean right before the special moments of Midsummer.

Vihta is made from birch branches with leaves that have reached a a suitable size. The masters have the skill to make a vihta and tie it with a peeled birch whip in the Finnish style. Often, the right way to make a vihta is passed down from one generation to the next. Vihta can be small or large, dense or a little more loose – the intoxicating scent it spreads and the whispers of löyly on the hot stove are the definition of summer.

For many, sauna by he lake is the only true Midsummer sauna. Cooling off in natural water between baths gets the blood circulating and vitality flowing in the veins. The alternation of cold and hot is addictive and creates a deep feeling of refreshment and cleanliness. The air flows lightly into the lungs and the muscles relax.

Like the Christmas sauna, the Midsummer sauna is also heated for use during the day. You can spend hours in the sauna, the whole evening and even the night. The northern magic of the nightless night makes time seem meaningless. Being present in the moment feels natural.

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