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Suomu is located on the Arctic Circle and is known as Santa’s official ski resort. Top-level slopes in the centre of beautiful forests, a location close to the Lake Kemijärvi waterway, offers enjoyment, challenges and relaxed thrills for people of all ages.

Suomu is regarded as being a destination that is safe and sufficiently small, which makes it a popular place for families. Night life is focused around the dinner table, as both hotels in Suomu have top-level chefs and the home-cooked meals served at the Tuulenpesä Café have received praise from all over the country.

Treasure among the trees
Suomu is located in the Kemijärvi Municipality in the middle of a vast forest region in the heart of the wilderness. The destination lies among a densely wooded area that provides shelter for cross-country and downhill skiers, with plenty of soft snow, while other resorts have hard and icy conditions. On some small swamp ponds lying between fell highlands on Lake Kemijärvi’s southern shores are swans that nest each spring.

Summertime sees people gathering in Suomu’s heath forests and pond banks to collect berries – blueberries and lingonberries. Traditionally, the region is a reindeer husbandry area and hikers will often see reindeer feeding on lichen grounds.

Tourist information

Suomu Slopes


Kotakuja 1
FI-98720  Suomutunturi


+358 20 7288 682



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Sights and places to visit

Räisälä Chapel and ferry bridge
Räisälä Chapel, located only 5½ kilometres from Suomu, is an atmosphere-rich chapel that may be reserved as a venue for weddings, christenings and other family parties.

Räisälä also has the ferry bridge that crosses Lake Kemijärvi in the summertime and is free of charge.
Riutukka Log Floating Museum
Travelling from Tonkopuro along the Raakuntie road is the old Riutukka Log Floating Museum with log chutes that were used for centuries to move timber from deep within the forests into the waterways. The site also has a number of buildings, a wilderness cabin for accommodation, and a sauna on the stream bank. There is also a campfire spot for day trippers.
Other places to visit
The Salla Reindeer Park in the east and the Oulanka National Park in the south are less than an hour’s drive away. It takes about an hour to reach the ceramic artist workshops in Posio, the Riisitunturi National Park, and the Korouoma Canyon with Finland’s biggest waterfall. Travelling north, the Kemijärvi waterway is only five minutes away, the town of the same name, Kemijärvi, can be reached in only half an hour, and the Pyhä-Luosto National Park in just over an hour.

Making history in skiing

Starting in the mid-1960s, Suomu’s skiing history is world renowned. The grandfather of Freestyle, the HotDog Ski, came to Finland in the 1970s and in 1989 Suomu hosted Finland’s first Freestyle World Cup competition. The wind protected slopes of the region have helped to produce freestyle artists right up to World and Olympic champions. The traditional Suomu is being modernised and is making a strong comeback into the hearts of skiing enthusiasts. The new Arctic Circle hotel is especially favoured by relaxed skiers and lovers of great food. Cabins with all modern luxuries have also been built in the region, the service level has been expanded and development is ongoing.


Downhill skiing slopes


Ski lifts


Longest run


Greatest height difference



Cross-country skiing trails


Illuminated cross-country skiing trails