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Kolari

Kolari is situated in Torne Valley, in the middle of a busy border area. Its landmarks include Yllästunturi Fell near the Muonio and Kittilä borders and the Tornio-Muoniojoki River which runs along the famous "salmon road" to Pello. On the opposite side of the river lie Sweden and the Pajala municipality.

Hikers
Kolari's remarkable nature with its fells and rivers provides enjoyable experiences throughout the year to locals and visitors alike. You can hike or pick berries and mushrooms in clean, untouched nature, or just enjoy the breathtaking views.
A fisherman with a salmon

The Tornio- Muoniojoki River and the smaller waters provide numerous relaxing fishing opportunities for both adults and children.

The fells, wild forests and swamps in the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park provide amazing views and experiences for all nature lovers.

Diverse leisure opportunities

The international tourist centre Ylläs - known as a winter sports paradise - and its villages Äkäslompolo and Ylläsjärvi provide unique experiences, high-quality services and events throughout the year.

Traditional country culture can be enjoyed in the Kolari villages. You can learn about relics, tar-burning pits, stones of sacrifice or reindeer husbandry, for example.

A child with a reindeer

Services and business life

Diverse services and continually increasing business engagement ensure that Kolari remains active and lively. Kolari collaborates actively with Pajala, located across the river in Sweden, and the recent discoveries of iron, copper and gold ore have resulted in discussions on commencing mining operations on both sides of the river. The area expects a strong increase in business activities within the next few years.

Easy access by train or aeroplane

The railway terminates at Kolari, and there is a coach connection to Ylläs from every train. The nearest airports are in Kittilä in Finland and Pajala in Sweden. If the planned mining projects are realised, further improvements to the train and flight connections are expected.