The Northern Lights are colourful dancing patterns in the night sky
The Finnish National Skiing Championships in Ainiovaara in April
Aavasaksa Ski Resort’s Grand Opening on 4 February 2017
Semifinals of Ice Speedway World Championships in January
The bridge marks the border between Finland and Sweden
Aavasaksa Ski Resort
See here for slope opening times and ticket prices. A cross country track also circles the fell. Welcome!
Skiing instruction at Aavasaksa
Instruction by advance booking only. There is no one on call on the slopes. Call to book a skiing lesson: Kari Järvinen, tel. +358 44 997 6887
What is the polar night?
The polar night occurs when the sun doesn’t rise over the horizon for a period of time, which effectively means that it's always night. Read more information here.
Tikanpesä opens after renovation
Loma-Vietonen’s Tikanpesä cabin underwent a major renovation in summer 2016. The spacious cabin can accommodate even large families, and it is located just 30 metres from the shore of Lake Vietonen.
exotic swim race
Next day it was time for the first swim in Swim the Arctic Circle. I haven't swam a race at midnight more this exotic swim the arctic circle race!
New accommodation facilities for guests
A 100-year-old barn was converted into two modern accommodation units with a kitchen, a shower and an ecological toilet. Now, the company has four separate accommodation units for a total of 10 people
Uncompromising quality
Napapiirin Järvilomat ranked the world's ninth-best accommodation provider by!
Aavasaksa Lapland travel brochure
Here you’ll find a local accommodation, restaurants, shops, places to visit and activities.
Aavasaksa Lappland on videos
Aavasaksa Lappland on videos.
Come by train
Some night trains provide car-carrier wagons. Take your car on the train by buying an affordable CarTrain package.
European Bench Press Championships
The European Powerlifting Federation EPF awarded the 2017 European Bench Press Open Championships to Ylitornio.
Fitness House open
Two saunas, a children's pool and a whirlpool bath. Sports hall and gym. Come and check us out!


Lapland's oldest travel destination, Aavasaksa Hill, is located about 10 km to the north of Ylitornio town centre. The hill, which rises 242 metres above sea level, is a well-known scenic attraction and vantage point. Visitors can admire one of Finland's official national landscapes from the summit. A four-kilometre nature trail goes around the hill in this exceptionally beautiful setting. Today's Aavasaksa offers accommodation, a small ski centre, a cafeteria-restaurant, an observation tower and the Keisarinmaja (Imperial Lodge) museum, which is housed in a villa built in 1882. The hill is the southernmost point in Finland where the midnight sun can be seen during the summer solstice. A French Academy of Sciences expedition led by Pierre Maupertuis came to Aavasaksa to perform geophysical measurements in 1736.

Aavasaksa Lapland

Aavasaksa Lapland covers a large part of the Tornio River Valley. In addition to pristine nature, the area's tree-covered hills and water bodies offer travellers fantastic opportunities to engage in various recreational activities. The Tornio River defines the region. It is the last free-flowing major river in all of Europe. Rugged, forested hills dominate the landscape on both the Swedish and the Finnish side of the border. The valley's flora is lush, while the hilltops are barren like the tundra.

Come here to enjoy the authentic atmosphere, beautiful nature and all the opportunities it brings. The Tornio River Valley also has its own unique cultural heritage and forms a unified dialect continuum. This emphasises the unity of the culture on both sides of the river. Some refer to the region as Meänmaa, which means Our Land in the local dialect. The Aavasaksa Lapland travel pages will provide you with a wealth of information about local accommodation providers, restaurants, shops, visit attractions and events. The Municipality of Ylitornio maintains this service in cooperation with local travel businesses and it is an integral aspect of the region's joint marketing effort.