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A day with the reindeer

A day with the reindeer

Reindeer husbandry, a source of livelihood that dates back hundreds of years, is still as important as ever in the fells of Lapland.
Village centre of Utsjoki

Village centre of Utsjoki

Nature is always present in Utsjoki. People fish all year round, right next to the village centre. The Tenojoki is a river famous for its salmon, and both up and downstream from the village is excellent for salmon anglers and rowers.
 
Nuorgam

Nuorgam

A group of people large enough to make up a small village lives in Finland’s northernmost village and the northernmost corner of the European Union. The people live from nature, tourism and cross-border trade.
Karigasniemi

Karigasniemi

Saami, Finnish and Norwegian cultures meet in Karigasniemi, the crossroads of three languages and cultures in the heart of Saamenland. Karigasniemi also offers the busiest nightlife in the Tenojokilaakso Valley.
 
The dazzling Northern Lights

The dazzling Northern Lights

On a dark, cloudless night, you might just see a wondrous light phenomenon in the sky. During the winter, the Northern Lights dance in the sky above Utsjoki on as many as three nights out of four.
A winter week in Nuorgam

A winter week in Nuorgam

You could easily spend a whole week just admiring the majestic landscapes, the breathtaking Northern Lights and the vastness of the treeless fells. However, for most visitors the temptation to experience the Arctic Ocean first-hand proves impossible to resist.
 
Intensive language immersion in Karigasniemi

Intensive language immersion in Karigasniemi

You can hear people speaking Finnish, Norwegian and the Saami language all around you. Despite their differences, the people of Karigasniemi live in perfect harmony with their three languages and cultures.
Exploring Saamiland from the back of a bike

Exploring Saamiland from the back of a bike

In the middle of the wilderness of Utsjoki, there are ancient trails that the people of old used when travelling from one village to the next. Modern roads have been constructed since then, but the old trails and footpaths still offer a unique opportunity for travellers to explore and enjoy the rugged wilderness from the back of a mountain bike.
 
Small pleasures

Small pleasures

Can you remember the last time you played at skimming stones? Or, just sat on the porch doing nothing? As a young child, you used to enjoy the little things. Have you forgotten how to do that?
Glowing autumn colours

Glowing autumn colours

As the light grows fainter and the weather turns colder, ruska slowly creeps over the marshes and the fells. The birch trees put on their bright yellow cloaks, the aspens blush prettily and the leaves of the bog bilberries, blueberries and black crowberries seem to catch fire.
 
Lights in the darkness

Lights in the darkness

At Utsjoki, the long polar night falls in late November and lasts until mid-January, but even then, the sky is never completely pitch-black.
The magical inn

The magical inn

A house which is known to every northerner stands in the village of Karigasniemi in Utsjoki. Through its twenty years of history, Kalastajan Majatalo, or ”the Fisherman’s Inn”, has never lacked customers, who come here to enjoy a tasty meal or a friendly chat – or even a good brawl.
 
The most beautiful road in Finland

The most beautiful road in Finland

Saamiland is a land of great distances. Similarly to any traffic-jammed metropolis, the distances in Saamiland are not measured in kilometres, but rather in time. Though Tenontie, the loveliest scenic road in Finland, should always be travelled slowly, enjoying the panoramic beauty of the countryside.