Top things to do in Sodankylä

Church in Sodankylä

Vanha Kirkko

One of the few buildings in Lapland to survive the Nazis' scorched-earth retreat in WWII is this, the region’s oldest church, dating from 1689. It stands in a graveyard encircled by a low wooden fence and is notewor…
Visitor Centre in Sodankylä

Aurora House

If you miss witnessing the aurora borealis, this 45-minute simulation in a purpose-built riverside tepee is the next best thing. Lean back on a reclining chair to watch images gathered over three decades projected o…
Gallery in Sodankylä

Alariesto Galleria

Above the tourist office, this gallery displays paintings by famous local artist Andreas Alariesto (1900–89), who depicted traditional Sámi life in an attractive naive style. It also has temporary exhibitions. There…
Film in Sodankylä

Midnight Sun Film Festival

Dubbed the ‘anti-Cannes’, this four-day festival sees the village’s population double, with round-the-clock screenings in three venues, often with high-profile directors in attendance.
Jewellery in Sodankylä


In the centre of town, this jewellery shop is famous hereabouts for the gold and silver works of goldsmith Seppo Penttinen.
Finnish in Sodankylä

Päivin Kammari

Cosy and homelike, this is the best eating spot in town, with a good-value lunch buffet, soups, quiches and cakes, along with hearty mains incorporating local muikku (vendace, or whitefish, a small lake fish) and re…
Pub in Sodankylä


Live music plays on weekends in summer at the pick of Sodankylä's pubs, which opens to a covered, heated beer garden.