• 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

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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

Torne valley

We lived in one Lapland


The Torne Valley is located on the border of Finland and Sweden. Until 1809 this area was part of the same country. It was divided between two nations in the peace of Hamina. Many families and villages were split as the new border was drawn.

This did not prevent people from speaking their own language and maintaining their culture. Even today this valley is a unique melting pot of cultures where Finns, Swedes and the Sami peoples have always lived together. We have four languages here – Finnish, Swedish, Meänkieli and Sami.

The Torne-Muonio River is the longest free-flowing river in Europe and a great salmon river.
Locals call it Väylä or the ‘Way’ because it used to be an important traffic route. The Torne River begins at the Torne Lake in Sweden and runs to the Bay of Bothnia between the cities of Tornio and Haaparanta.

It is said that tourism in Lapland begun from the Torne Valley when the first explorers came in the 17th century. Ylitornio’s Aavasaksa ridge, in particular, has been one of the first places where people came to see the midnight sun.

The arctic circle, 66 ° 33′46 ″ N, goes through Pello in Finland and Övertorneå in Sweden. The arctic circle is a point where the sun does not rise at all in winter (polar night) and does not set at all in summer (midnight sun), at least for one whole day.


“Once upon a time, far away in the north pure white ice covered vast areas of wilderness. These arctic conditions were only suitable for a handful of animals. Then one day magnificent light freed the land from snow and ice and immense masses of water shaped the land. A beautiful valley surrounded by ridges and fells was created, and soon forests started to grow thick as far as the eye could see.”

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