• 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


Ylitornio has a lot to offer

The legendary Aavasaksa

The oldest tourist destination in Lapland, Aavasaksa rises above the Torne Valley in all its grandeur. Still today it attracts the locals and travellers to admire the midnight sun and marvel at the breath taking views from the top.

From the village of Aavasaksa it’s also easy to pop over to Sweden to Matarenki, that is, Övertorneå. Most people here speak the local language of meänkieli or Swedish.



Open fields and hills, lakes and rivers – side by side

The Ylitornio area has many large lakes such as Miekojärvi, Vietonen, Raanujärvi and Lohijärvi. These waters invite to adventures and relaxation whether you love swimming, kayaking, boating, fishing or hiking.

A white night’s canoe route meanders along small and big rivers from Kolari through Pello to Ylitornio, and via the River Tengeliö to the Torne River.

Delight in the fantastic views to the lakes from the nature trails of Sompanen, Ainiovaara, Mikko and Haukkavaara.



Logging and sundry culture

The Meltosjärvi Savottapiha introduces you to the old logging culture. The outdoor spaces are open to visit at any time. In the yard you can see a fine wooden work of art that is a tribute to the horses that were indispensable in the logging sites.

You can also visit the traditional style of houses in Ylitornio. Annikki Kariniemi, an author who wrote many books on Lapland, lived in Ylitornio and her statue is standing on top the Aavasaksa hill.


Services in Ylitornio:

Karemajat Holiday Resort
(Ylitornio, FIN)

Located on top of the Ainionvaara hill with gorgeous views, Karemajat has hotel rooms and cabins. Services include restaurant and meeting services, and sauna experiences, both in and outdoors. Cross-country skiing tracks start at your doorstep.

(Ylitornio, FIN)

An idyllic holiday resort by a lake. Spacious cottages and double rooms in a barn loft. A wide range of services available by reservation: restaurant, meeting and events. Plenty of winter and summer activities.

Tatuka Reindeer farm
(Ylitornio, FIN)

We have many years of experience in reindeer themed holidays, while respecting nature and animals. We also serve Lappish food made with traditional methods.

(Ylitornio, FIN)

Tailored tours and service in the wilderness and nature, equipment rental and training – also for businesses.




Lohijärven Eräkeskus
(Ylitornio, FIN)

Accommodation and wilderness experiences by the Lohijärvi Lake.




Napapiirin järvilomat
(Ylitornio, FIN)

Enjoy peace and quiet in wonderful and spacious cabins on the Lake Vietonen. A lean-to and smoke sauna available by reservation.




Aava Sky Village
(Ylitornio, FIN)

Cottage accommodation in a holiday village on the top of the Aavasaksa hill.


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Hotel Kievari
(Ylitornio, FIN)

Hotel accommodation, restaurant, bar, sauna and meeting rooms in the center of Ylitornio.


Aavasaksa slopes
(Ylitornio, FIN)

Downhill skiing on the legendary Aavasaksa. The slopes are in good condition and the prices are reasonable.




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