Travel Guide WINTER 2018
WELCOME TO SEA LAPLAND
The two cities and three municipality forms the Sea Lapland area: the twin city TornioHaparanda, the city of Kemi, and the communes of Keminmaa, Simo and Tervola.
There are three salmon rivers in the region: the Simo, Kemi and Tornio Rivers, all flowing down to the Gulf of Bothnia. The various areas in Sea Lapland all have different features, but together they form a unique destination.
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The industry, developed and refined from the natural resources of Lapland, alongside with the many-sided cultural history in the region, are the basis for the wealth and well-being of the people in Sea Lapland.
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Events winter 2018 20.1.2018 2.-4.2.2018 16.-17.2.2018 23.-25.3.2018 1.5.2018
To do p. 4-11
Kemi Snowcastle opening ceremony Blues & Jazz festival in Kemi Extreme Winter Circus, Toranda Tornio Ice-fishing event Walpurgis celebration & 1:st of May
Accommodation p. 12-17 Shopping p. 18-22 Transfers p. 23 Flavors p. 24 Culture p. 26
KEMI TOURIST INFORMATION City hall, Valtakatu 26, 94100 Kemi +358 (0) 40 680 3120 email@example.com Open: Mon-Fri 8-15.30.
HAPARANDATORNIO TOURIST INFORMATION Travel center, Krannigatan 5, 95336 Haparanda, Sweden +358 (0) 50 590 0562 firstname.lastname@example.org Open: Mon-Fri 10-16.00
Northern light tours in Kemi
The best Safaris in town! LAPLAND WELCOME LTD www.laplandwelcome.fi email@example.com Book Online: www.laplandwelcome.com Call +358 (0) 20 735 29 48
Experience the Ice & Snow SnowCastle is open 20.1.-14.4.2018 daily at 10-18. Daily lunch at the SnowRestaurant at 11-14. Adventurous accommodation in the SnowHotel or Seaside Glass Villas. Add: Lumilinnankatu 15, Kemi Unique coffee break in SantaÂ´s Seaside Office, Mon - Sat at 11-16. Address Luulajantie 6, Kemi Icebreaker Sampo cruise with snowmobile safari or other arctic adventure from our weekly programme. Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 (0) 16 258 878 facebook.com/LumiLinnaSnowCastle Instagram, Twitter, Youtube: @Visitkemi Book now:
Unique event center By the Bothnian Bay!
We offer quality locations and services for various kinds of occasions. Luxurious lodging and cosy, atmospheric sauna spaces also available!
TORANDA WORLD Näätsaarentie 241, Tornio +358 (0) 50 374 2550 email@example.com www.torandaworld.com facebook.com/torandaevent/
Kalli Outdoor Activity Centre Excellent opportunities to enjoy the outdoors while downhill skiing, skateboarding or frolicking down the slide on a sled! Professional guiding in downhill skiing and skateboarding available! In addition, for groups we organize adventures with delightfully entertaining goblins/trolls. +358 (0) 400 175 347 www.outdoorcenterkalli.com
Sea Lapland Travel Guides Visit Sea Lapland guided tours in Kemi and in the Sea Lapland area. Guided walking and bus tours. With different themes, eg: Wilderness, nature, museum, culture, for children, sea and archipelago, traditional exhibitions and church tours. ”Book a tour and see more!” More information: firstname.lastname@example.org facebook.com/merilapinmatkailuoppaat/ www.merilapinmatkailuoppaat.fi www.sealaplandguides.com + 358 (0) 44 0451 156 www.visitkemi.fi email@example.com +358 (0) 16 258 878 Kauppakatu 29, 94100 Kemi
Tornio Ice fishing Competition 23.-25.3.2018 Finland’s greatest ice-fishing event in the middle of the city!
Lottery prizes: 5 brand new, 2018 model Volkswagen Polo cars. Total sum of lottery prizes is over 80.000€
One ice-fishing lottery ticket/-card 15€
Euro City Matkailuyhdistys ry Itäranta 4, Tornio More info: www.suurpilkit.fi firstname.lastname@example.org + 358 (0) 44 257 6565 See hotel offer www.phtornio.fi
Arkadia Reindeer Farm Welcome to Arkadia, here you get to meet the reindeers and go on a reindeer tour with reindeer sled. We have tours of different lengths, we travel through the snowy forest. There is a possibility to take a reindeer driving license. In the area, we have a hub sled Hoijakka, a slide and a Lappish hut for 60 persons, here you can enjoy a delicious meal. We arrange different kinds of events such as birthdays, company-, and family events. Ask for an offer! In wintertime, we are open by request. In the summertime, the petting zoo and café are open every day. Bookings: www.visitsealapland.com/activities/Snowmobile Safari incl. Reindeer Farm www.visitkemi.fi/en/packages email@example.com www.kotielainpuistoarkadia.com Saarenrannantie 12, Maksniemi + 358 (0) 40 552 6146 / Päivi
FARM ESCAPE Escape room on a farm, with real animals and a maze in the woods. Suitable for all ages. Mustajärventie 456, Tornio +358 (0) 50 413 6469 www.farmescape.fi firstname.lastname@example.org
We provide excursions to beautiful locations in nature and countryside. Our activities are based on the empowering and healing effects of nature. • Short hikes to the forest • Experience darkness and silence • Meet the locals • Sauna experience Check our weekly programs on our website! www.arcticemotions.com email@example.com +358 (0) 44 238 8977
Welcome to Savotta
The Savotta is located in a quiet scenic location along The Kemijoki River, just 8 km from the center of Kemi. The Savotta has four rentable cottages, as well as a restaurant, open by booking only. There is also a large sauna available for booking, with the possibility of reserving a hot tub. In the facilities, there is an excellent opportunity to arrange various events such as celebrations, meetings, recreation days and also to book accommodation. Erä-Valakia Vähä Kuivanuorontie 29, Kemi +358 (0) 40 656 2882 www.eravalakia.fi
Lappari Adventure Factory Great variety of adventures under one roof! Vesaisenkatu 1, Tornio www.lappari.fi/?lang=en
Sports and activity centre Hyvä Fiilis
Book a guided brewery tour and beer tastings for your group. The tour is organized in cooperation with Restaurant Paja. +358 (0) 400 419902 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tornionpanimo.fi
Restaurant Paja1873 After all the activities and touring the brewery you will surely want to enjoy our home-made delicacies satisfying many different tastes. The menu at the Restaurant Paja consists of delicacies made of local produce. You can enter the Restaurant Paja without the entrance ticket to the Park.
Fitness hall • Group exercises Training groups • Sports event coaching & Personal Trainerservices • Nutrition training • Fitness tests and measurements • Program services for businesses. • Children’s training groups • Event and special occasions services Open: Mon-Thu 11-19.30, Fri 11-18, Sat 11-15, Sun 17-19.30 +358 (0) 40 148 3522 email@example.com • www.hyvafiilis.fi
Inquire about group dining + 358 (0) 44 441 1221, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.paja1873.fi Paja is also the brewery restaurant.
Romping and playing around is healthy! The new, cool action-packed indoor-activity park. In HaparandaTornio offers endless opportunities for joyful, sporty activities for the whole day. At the Dudesons Activity Park you will find a huge amount of winter-themed activities providing a good challenge for anyone of any age and skill level, satisfying the hungriest playful and sporty persons.
The mystic sound and light world creates a unique dimension and an utterly special atmosphere to the Park. Welcome to come and spend a super fun day dressed only in a t-shirt throughout the year! THE DUDESONS ACTIVITY PARK HAPARANDATORNIO +358 (0) 44 441 1220, email@example.com www.dap.fi
Hostel Villa Kemi A new type of accommodation in Kemi. Calm and comfortable atmosphere. Welcome! Etelärantakatu 8, Kemi, +358 (0) 40 7000 016 firstname.lastname@example.org www.villakemi.fi
Hotel Mustaparta New theme hotel with high quality in Tornio center. The restaurant is decorated with 18th-century style and with the theme of Isak Mustaparta.
TERVOLAN LUONTOLOMAT Luontolomat offers high quality cottages for rent for your holiday. Ski-tracks and a hole in the ice for winter swimming right in the vicinity.
Hallituskatu 6, Tornio +358 (0) 400 105 800 www.mustaparta.fi email@example.com
Reutuaapa 813, Tervola +358 (0) 400 974 137 / +358 (0) 400 692 849 (english) firstname.lastname@example.org www.luontolomat.fi
Kemijoki Holidays Stay in a house or a cottage by the water. Enjoy the smoke sauna and hot tub under the Northern lights. Fishing experiences and enjoy the fresh air. Louentie 735, Tervola +358 (0) 40 595 7115 email@example.com www.kemijokiholiday.com
PORORANTA COTTAGES All year-round accommodation in a log cabin. With all the amenities. Located by the Liakanjoki River. Good icefishing opportunities and snowmobile trails. http://www.visitsealapland.com/en/ visitors/accommodation/pororantacottages/ +358 (0) 400 882 115 Ruohokarintie 26, Tornio firstname.lastname@example.org
Camping Tornio Family camping 3 km outside Tornio center. In wintertime, we open after reservation. Bookings by email or telephone. Welcome! Matkailijantie 49, Tornio +358 (0) 16 445945 klo 10-15 www.campingtornio.com email@example.com
MOTEL TERVAKUKSA Comfortable newly renovated rooms, situated between Kemi and Rovaniemi. Siltatie 1, Tervola +358 (0) 16 43 5511 www.tervakuksa.fi firstname.lastname@example.org
Kukkolaforsen - In Tornio River Valley by the river rapids Personal service and meeting our guests is the most important for us. Here you can stay in hotel cabins and at the camping site all year round. Enjoy local food in our view restaurant. And we have a range of different activities and happenings. The sauna- and the food culture is the spirit of this place. Also a culture area with a fishing museum. Welcome to the kingdom of Sauna and whitefish.
Kukkolaforsen Turist & Konferens Kukkolaforsen 184, Haparanda +46 (0) 922 31000, +46 (0) 70 6 75 37 64 www.kukkolaforsen.se/en
Haparanda Stadshotell A historic setting for accomodation, conferences and meals. The charmful atmosphere together with our staff, who always puts our guests first creates a pleasant stay at the Haparanda Stadshotel. Photo: Linnea Isaksson
MOTEL & RESTAURANT SAVOTAN SANNI
Torget 7, Haaparanta +46 (0) 922 614 90 email@example.com www.haparandastadshotell.se
Autoilijantie 2, Keminmaa +358 (0) 44 766 7770 www.savotansanni.com
The Cottages at the Old Vicarage The high quality cottages, resembling storehouses of the old days, are located right by the Gulf of Bothnia. Breakfast is served to the cottages. Free WIFI! Enjoy hotel-quality lodging in the middle of an old, peaceful seaside village! WANHAPAPPILA Pappilantie 10, Simo +358 (0) 40 822 3400 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wanhapappila.com
Hovilompolo logde Enjoy the traditional sauna culture combined with the delicious white fish meal. ”I’LL SERVE, YOU’LL ENJOY!” Husantie 4, Tornio + 358 (0) 40 531 9353 www.hovilompolo.fi
Spa hotel Pohjanranta • 39 hotel rooms • Spa • Charter Restaurant • Meetings / conferences and festivities services • Local wine shop • Shingle roofed church Our Spa is open daily. More information and specific opening hours at our webpage. Welcome to enjoy! Pohjantie 23, Keminmaa + 358 (0) 16 275 070 email@example.com www.pohjanranta.com K
Hotel Merihovi Situated In Sea Lapland, in Kemi town centre, the legendary 68-year old classic hotel. The hotel has 69 rooms with a personal touch with soft beds. In our restaurant, we serve genuine taste experiences from fresh products. Conference rooms from 5 to 50 persons, with modern technical equipment. Our services: Besides the accommodation, we also have conference services and a range of restaurant service. From lunch to gala-dinner. We arrange weddings and other parties. Live music every week.
Contact information: Hotel Merihovi Keskuspuistokatu 6-8, Kemi +385 (0) 40 685 3500 firstname.lastname@example.org www.merihovi.fi/en
Renewed MotelRestaurant Käpylä 27 rooms, conference room, bar & charter restaurant. Free parking and WIFI! Our original vintage interior takes you to the 70’s with us! Torniontie 7, Keminmaa +358 (0) 40 775 2466 email@example.com, www.motelkapyla.fi facebook.com/motelkapyla/
HOTEL OLOF The Boutique-hotel of a high standard with river views right in the heart of the Tornio centre. Hallituskatu 16, Tornio +358 (0) 50 069 0980 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hotelliolof.fi/?lang=en
Welcome to Park Hotel Tornio Highly atmospheric Hotel by the Tornionjoki river welcomes you! In addition to the single-, double- or three person rooms the Hotel offers also various kinds of suites (highly suitable for families) and a handicap room. Altogether 98 rooms available. All the rooms are smoke-free and all the rooms have laminate floors. The Hotel boasts also four restaurants, special meeting locations (among others a 200 person auditorium), a cozy sauna-department with a swimming pool as well as a playing room only for kids. At merely a walking distance you will find, among others, the IKEA, the Rajalla på Gränsen- Shopping Centre, as well as the Dudesons Activity Park.
Park Hotel Tornio / Sushi & Asian Food
Enjoy your stay and the delicacies on offer at the Park Hotel Tornio Restaurants! At the Restaurant Aino you will enjoy delicacies in the cosy and traditional way of the riverside life. At the Sports Corner, in addition of eating the pizzas, burgers and hot wings on offer, you can also enjoy watching the sports events. At our new Restaurant ZenZei you can enjoy Asian food, such as sushi. At the Park Arena you can enjoy dancing and live bands on event weekends. Itäranta 4, 95400 Tornio +358 (0) 40 358 3300 www.phtornio.fi email@example.com
Great place for families!
Only 250m from the hotel! More info: www.dap.fi/Home
Upcoming events: rajalla.com
Free warm parking, the first 2 hours.
RAJALLA SHOPPING CENTRE Shop with a warm and cozy feeling!
-park Shopping Centre Rajalla Länsiranta 10, Tornio • facebook.com/rajalla Instagram: #rajalla • www.rajalla.com
TWO CITIES IN ONE
The TwinCity TornioHaparanda endows a natural combination of two cultures for both of the cities of Tornio and Haparanda as you hardly notice the border between Sweden and Finland. The Victoria Square right on the border is uniquely special in the area, and perhaps even in the whole world: the Square was named after Princess Victoria of Sweden at the inauguration ceremony she performed in 2011. The spectacular Border
Arc on the border is designed by children in the region, the forms and colouring of the routes depicting the connection between the two cities. The Shopping Centre Rajalla - På Gränsen, with a variety of boutiques and shops, as well as the world-renowned Ikea right at the border, offer both traditional as well as design products and, of course, the latest fashion both in clothing, shoes, accessories as well as home furnishings.
Welcome to Design boutique in Karunki Experience handmade paper art. Unique gifts in a brightly lit atmosphere.
PAPERIVALO SHOP & CAFE Jokivarrentie 2482, Tornio +358 (0) 50 585 7290 open Tue-Fri 11-17, Sat 11-15 online shop www.paperivalo.fi
Welcome to women´s lingerie shop with personal service! Lingerie, pajamas, swimming suits, socks, and warm base layers.
Kauppakatu 13, Kemi, +358 (0) 16 223 265, Ostokset ja www.svea-aalto.fi facebook.com/sveaaalto/ matkamuistot:
Something beautiful and nice for all women!
Keskuspuistokatu 10, Kemi +358 (0) 40 646 9977 Mon-Fri 10-17:30, Sat 10-14 Facebook/PutiikkiPunamusta
Quality products at a reasonable price.
Here you can easily spend a whole day among thousands of products Finnish, Sweeds and Norwegian have been shopping at ”Tamppis” for almost 40 years. In Tornio, we have a shopping area of 13400 m2 and thousands of products that can not be found anywhere else and Nordic design at a favorable price. After the shopping, you can relax in our own Tex-Café and Sibylla restaurant. In the summer we open our garden department, where you will find everything you need for gardening. A varied selection of plants and flowers for all seasons. TEX Tornio Teollisuuskatu 5, Tornio TEX Kemi Kiveliönkatu 28, Kemi TEX Rovaniemi Koskikatu 28, Rovaniemi
TEX Kemijärvi Seminaarinkatu 2-4, Kemijärvi www.tex.fi www.facebook.com/texfinland firstname.lastname@example.org
Luxury and comfort for everyday life Kauppakatu 17, Kemi +358 (0) 16 221 711 www.kemintoinenlinja.fi www.facebook.com/kemintoinenlinja
Design Airamo over 40 years! Have your dream coat manufactured in Tornio. From reindeer skin or lambskin, from fur or from stylish fabric. We also tailor-make for order, as well as repair and renew furs. Welcome to visit our Atelier –shop!
SAUVON KENKÄ A variety of shoes for the winter adventures. Warm linings and comfort for your feet or party perfect heels.
www.airamo.fi Kauppakatu 12, Tornio +358 (0) 400 291 520 email@example.com
+358 (0) 40 7497 650, Kauppakatu 9-11Citykulma, Kemi facebook.com/sauvon.kenka/
Versatile department store in Kemi center. Here you will find groceries, café, beauty products, clothes, shoes, and gifts. Also pharmacy and liquor store. K-Citymarket Kemi Asemakatu 1, Kemi +358 (0) 10 538 4300 facebook.com/K-Citymarket Kemi
THE GROCERY STORE OWNED BY OUR CUSTOMERS The customer is the most important, so everyone says. But with us at Osuuskauppa itâ€™s really true, because it is our customers who own us, other owners do not exist. The green card is not a regular customer card, it is proof of ownership in Osuuskauppa. The owners receive a bonus paid to the owner in connection with the purchase. In addition to the bonus, we have favorable prices. Osuuskauppa invests, recruits, educates, supports and rewards. The shops in Sea Lapland are here for you during your trip! Welcome in!
Arina shops/opening hours: Arina.fi
Transport service with quality!
Sea Lapland is situated on the northernmost shores of the Gulf of Bothnia; a flight of merely 1,5 h from the Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport takes you to the Kemi-Tornio Airport in the region. In the vicinity of the Sea Lapland region both the Oulu, Rovaniemi and Luleå Airports have train connections to the area.
We offer transportation for small and bigger groups, always with the customer in focus. Give us a call!
Also from Helsinki, you will find a direct train connection to Sea Lapland, to the Kemi, Tornio or Tervola Railway Stations. Regular airline traffic serves the Sea Lapland region.
Taxi for 1-8 pers. Busses for 1-32 pers.
+358 (0) 400 691 401
Taxi service is available 24 h and several car rentals are to be found in the region.
Sea Lapland Taxi • person - and kombi cars • pre-bookings • Cars with bike rack • Handicap taxi
HM-LIIKENNE OY Keminmaa +358 (0) 400 391 374, +358 (0) 400 691 915 www.hm-liikenne.fi firstname.lastname@example.org
Get around easily in Sea Lapland! • Kemi-Tornio-Haparanda • Haparanda-Tornio-Kemi • City bus lines in Tornio Timetables:
• Oulu-Kemi-Tornio-Haparanda • Haparanda-Tornio-Kemi-Oulu Timetables:
Restaurant Mustaparran PĂ¤Ă¤maja
SEA LAPLAND DELICACIES In Sea Lapland, you find various choices for dining from a special restaurant with a theme to a more modern place just to sit down and eat. Is your desire to dine in the centre of the city, or do you desire a quieter corner to sit and relax? The traditional Lappish delicacies and the catch of the sea are available in the restaurants in Sea Lapland on every day of the week, including
Sunday. The produce is local and organically grown. The Sea Lapland cuisine forms an essential part of the lifestyle and vigor of the Northern people. The unique nature of Lapland, the aromatic and fresh ingredients you get from the nature, the rich culture with its local traditions, offer gourmet experiences not to be missed. The Sea Lapland cuisine lives according to the changing season, and is largely
based on the vegetation and animal produce available in the region. The Bothnian Bay salmon, or the salmon and whitefish caught in the free-flowing river Torniojoki or in the beautifully long river Kemijoki, the reindeer and other game running wild in the woods, as well as the various kinds of mushrooms and herbs growing in the nature, have formed the unique basis for the Sea Lapland gastronomy for centuries.
CafĂŠ Confectionary Miorita Welcome to our cozy cafĂŠ in Kemi center. We bake everything in our own bakery. Snowcastle pastry with cranberry filling and white chocolate frosting should be enjoyed with a hot drink. A Lapland taste experience! Valtakatu 5, Kemi, +358 (0) 16 256 811 Open: Mon-Fri 8-16:30, Sat 9:30-15:00 facebook.com/Kahvila-konditoria-Miorita www.miorita.fi
PIZZERIA RESTAURANT ROMA Versatile menu and cheerful customer service! Valtakatu 12, Kemi +358 (0) 44 955 8750 www.pizzeriaroma.fi email@example.com
Beer Pub Kukko
OLUTHUONE KUKKO Valtakatu 10, Kemi www.facebook.com/Oluthuone-Kukko +358 (0) 400 718 090
Since 1993 both domestic and foreign beers and various types of ciders have foamed through the fourteen beer-taps at the Beer House Kukko. The abundant and well-varied beer-bottle collection from different corners of the world will guarantee for anyone to find their favorite beer while visiting the Beer House. The most interesting sports events run at our pub stand for friends of sports and sports-enthusiasts!
Culture Snowcastle Exhibition
ART FOR EVERYONE The Aine Art Museum in Tornio offers both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The permanent exhibition is composed of the collection at the Aine Pictorial Art Foundation and of the collection at the Aine Art Museum. The collection includes some of the finest art work in Finland, among others the works of Helene Schjerfbeck, Werner Holmberg, Akseli Gallen-Kallela as well as the works of more recent Finnish artists like Marika Mäkelä, Hannu Väisänen and Reijo Hukkanen. The works of Reidar Särestöniemi, Kalervo Palsa and Tuuli Mukka, represent artists from Lapland. At the recently renewed Kemi Historical Museum and the Provincial
The Aine art museum
Museum of the Tornio Valley, you can explore the cultural history of the region. The Pahnila Museum, The Tervola Local Arts and Crafts Museum and the Keminmaa Local Arts and Crafts Museum offer additional places to learn about the cultural landscape in Sea Lapland. Travelling on the Museum Road through the Village of Simo you see the old farms and buildings left intact from the period when the road, dating back to the 1640’s, served as the mail road on land between Finland and Sweden. The historical centres of both the cities of Kemi and Tornio, you get best acquainted with walking through the streets surrounded by old wooden houses, some more famous than the others.
The glitter of jewelry Once upon a time, Finland was about to become a Kingdom. The attempt went so far that a crown was designed for the King. History, though, got another turn, but the crown still exists. The Kemi Gemstone Gallery collection, in addition of the handsome crown, contains also, among others, the replica of the Crown of the Queen of England as well as over three thousand minerals and gemstones. Iisakki Mustaparta, Isaac Blackbeard, hero of the people in Tornio Iisakki Mustaparta, born in 1751, was a peasant from Oravaisensaari at the
Provincial Museum of the Tornio Valley
Kemi Gemstone gallery village of Vojakkala, a few kilometers north from the city of Tornio. Together with the peasantry in his neighborhood, he built a decked ship to transport tar to Stockholm, bringing back a cargo of grain on his return back north. Mustaparta and his men were declared outlawed, imprisoned and thrown into a stinking jail in Stockholm. Mustaparta, instead of giving up, went ahead to prove the legality of his actions. Eventually, he was to become the delegate to the Parliament in Stockholm, defending the rights of the peasantry and was nicknamed Robin Hood of the North. The story of Iisakki Mustaparta is alive and flourishing at the Restaurant Mustaparran Päämaja (Blackbeard’s Headquarters). The maritime interior decoration depicts the feel of the 1700’s, the crystal chandeliers adding a taste of Royal glamour. The delicacies of the Tornio Valley are served on a plank and drinks are enjoyed from a clay mug, just as Iisakki would have done. The scent of the tar around, with the taste of the holy grass and buckthorn in your mouth – what an enjoyable timetravel to be remembered!
Kukkolankoski-rapids Culture village
Kemi comic center
Kemi historical museum
Kemi City Theater Kemi City theater is Sea Lapland’s only professional theater, which produces six of its own premieres and several guest performances annually. Here is a theater school for children- and young people and a theater club for theater enthusiasts. Our versatile theater program provides entertainment for all ages. See the program at www.keminteatteri.com
SEA LAPLAND SUMMER - THE NAME SAYS IT ALL The Kemi Inner Port and the International Guest Harbour of Ulen as well as the many boardwalk restaurants and cafes along the quay, form the living-room for the summer, for both visitors and inhabitants alike. The Toranda Marina and Boat Harbour in Tornio is part of the Toranda Event Centre, where a variety of the unique international events are arranged seasonally. The traditional S/Y Katariina Ship, the S/Y Perämeren Jähti Ship and the Lady Carin Ship docked at the harbor, provide a sure opportunity for anyone
wanting to see the city views from the sea. The Sea-Lapland Paddlers provides guiding in kayaking, also for beginners. The brave ones eager for more speedy action might want to try the Kukkolaforsen, conquering the surge of the rapids on a rubber-rafter. The beaches in the region complete the offer of summer activities – hop in the river or in the sea for a swim! The 18-hole Tornio Green Zone Golf Course stretches on both sides of the border between Finland and Sweden. The one-hour time-difference between the two countries
enables the golfer to hit the longest lasting Hole in One on fairway 6. The hit lasts about an hour and 5 seconds across the greenery. A highly unique experience, wouldn’t you say? Frisbee-golf Courses are to be found also in the region, some suitable for beginners, others for the more advanced player looking for greater challenges.
HIKING AND TREKKING The unspoilt nature in Sea Lapland offers plenty of opportunities for hiking: nature trails are close by and hiking tracks with natural duckboards are well-maintained for pleasant trekking.
The many rivers, tree-covered hills and the sea, the scenery filled with wide open fields and mires, form the harmoniously alternating natural features of Sea Lapland. Bird watching and treasure-hunting, the world-widely popular geocaching is a fun and pleasant way to enjoy the outdoors. Go berry-picking or find delicious mushrooms: an extensive part of the Finnish forests is registered as protected areas for picking organic berries, mushrooms and herbs. The Finnish liberal law of public access invites anyone to roam freely in the forests, to tent in the nature and enjoy these treasures. Before deciding to go on an excursion though, it is advisable to check these areas to find the appropriate ones. The Bothnian Bay Archipelago National Park Long ago the archipelago on the Bothnian Bay National Park was formed due to land uplift, which evermore causes constant, very gradual change in the natural features of the region. The traditional fishing bases and the natural trail under the water surface, designed for divers, are worth seeing.
km nature trail traversing the island, will crown your excursion.
Sandskär, situated in the Haparanda Archipelago National Park, is known for its long sandy beaches and decorative sand-formations. A 5 km beautiful nature trail traverses the island. Safe and convenient hiking Finland’s most important place designated for protection of mire-areas, the Martimoaapa in Simo, offers both interesting hiking terrain for trekkers and beautiful hill landscape for easy wandering. The Alkunkarinlahti Nature Trail, Nationally Protected Bird-watching Site, 9 km south from the centre of Tornio, offers bird-watchtowers and campfire sites along the trail. In Kätkävaara in the Tervola commune the hilltops with no trees rise to the heights, rivers with clear water run through the valleys, traversing the open bog mires and wild forests in the region. The Pisavaara Natural Park, the highest tree-covered hill in southern Lapland, is the strictest protected Natural Park in all of Europe.
You can access the National Park by boat; at the biggest Island Selkä-Sarvi you’ll find a small harbour and a lean-to with a camp-fire. Trekking through the 1
TAUT LINES FISHERMEN DREAM OF The Sea Lapland region is ideal for fishing. Within the range of an hour’s drive you find three fish-rich rivers, and the sea is close by. The Simo River, the Tornio and Kemi Rivers are known as Salmon Rivers. The rivers live according to the change of the seasons; the melting of the snow and ice further up in Lapland in the spring-time, causes the buildings on the seashore to be in danger of getting flooded. The spring floods are an exciting event for all the people in the region. On the shores of the Kukkola Rapids, on both sides of the border, you may admire the Traditional Tornio Valley Fishing Culture, flourishing even today. The village people, according to special rules between the landowners, scoop up the whitefish in the summer-time, sharing the catch at seven pm every night. Whitefish flamed on the fire is a local delicacy. During the fall the wire cage (trap) fills up with the river lamprey, during the winter with the burbot.
The Alatornio church
The St. Michael’s Church
The old church of Tervola
In Sea Lapland you can hear the whisper of the history under your foot. The Hedvig Eleonora Church or the Church of Tornio is the other of the two churches in Finland dedicated to the Queen Hedvig Eleonora of Sweden. The church is a notable representative of the wooden architectural design of churches in the 1600’s. The Unesco World Heritage Site At the Alatornio Church you can find the Struve Geodetic Arc, inscribed on the World Heritage Site.The first church was built probably already in the 1200’s, and a wooden church is known to have stood at the place in 1316 by the latest. In 1794–97, the church-constructer Jacob Rijf built the Alatornio Church to its current form. The church is one of the most handsome representatives of the architectural design of church construction of the late 1700’s. Church of Tornio
In the beginning of the 1900’s the Kemi Church towered the tiny town of Kemi as a beautiful and sturdy monument. In these days it decorates the city silhouette together with the industrial pipes and the high-rising white City Hall of the city of Kemi. The Kemi Church, designed by architect Josef Stenbäck, was built in 1902. Due to the faded colouring in its structures, the church was restored to its original colouring of light brickred in 2003.
The Kemi church
The St. Michael’s Church, built in the 1530’s, is the oldest church in the Sea Lapland region, and the northernmost of the Finnish medieval stone-churches with their original construction left intact.
New church of Keminmaa
HAPPY NEW TWICE! An annual event
VICTORIA SQUARE HaparandaTornio Celebrate the New Year on the most peaceful border! 23:00 Festivies open 23:05 New years greetings 23:15 Party Band 23:45 Dancing 23:59 Countdown 00:00 New Year in Finland 00:20 Partyband 00:50 Dancing 00:59 Countdown 01:00 New Year in Sweden
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Kalli Outdoor Activity Centre
Arctic Emotions Kukkolaforsen/ Kukkolankoski rapids The Dudesons Activity Park
Ice Breaker Sampo Kemi SnowCastle
Arkadia Reindeer Farm
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The Cottages at the Old Vicarage
Published on Jan 5, 2018