Top things to do in Southern Lapland

Top Choice Finnish in Tornio

Mustaparran Päämaja

At the fabulous Hotel Mustaparta, this atmospheric restaurant styled after local hero Iisakki Mustaparta has hefty timber beams, ships' wheels, wooden barrels and a buffet served on a skiff, and inspired modern Finn…
Top Choice Museum in Rovaniemi

Arktikum

With its beautifully designed glass tunnel stretching out to the Ounasjoki, this is one of Finland’s finest museums. One half deals with Lapland, with information on Sámi culture and the history of Rovaniemi; the ot…
Top Choice Museum in Rovaniemi

Pilke Tiedekeskus

Downstairs in the Metsähallitus (Finnish Forest and Park Service) building next to the Arktikum, this is a highly entertaining exhibition on Finnish forestry with a sustainable focus. It has dozens of interactive di…
Top Choice Castle in Kemi

Lumilinna

Few things conjure fairy-tale romance like a snow castle. First built in 1996 as a Unicef project, this is a Lapland winter highlight and a favoured destination for weddings, honeymoons, and general marvelling at th…
Top Choice Finnish in Rovaniemi

Restaurant Sky Ounasvaara

For a truly memorable meal, head to the 1st floor of the Sky Ounasvaara hotel, where wraparound floor-to-ceiling glass windows looking onto the forest outside create the impression of dining in a tree house. Special…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Rovaniemi

Lauri Tuotteet

Established in 1924, this former knife factory in a charming log cabin at the northwestern edge of town still makes knives today, along with jewellery, buttons, felt boots and traditional Sámi items including engrav…
Waterfall in Southern Lapland

Auttiköngäs

The highlight of this protected old-growth forest, 80km southeast of Rovaniemi off Rd 81, is the 16m-high Auttiköngäs waterfall. It's reached by a 3.5km nature trail, which winds from the car park and traverses a su…
Finnish in Rovaniemi

Nili

A timber-lined interior with framed black-and-white photos of Lapland, kerosene lamps, traditional fishing nets, taxidermied bear and reindeer heads, and antler chandeliers gives this hunting-lodge-style spot a cosy…
Fashion & Accessories in Rovaniemi

Katijuu

Reindeer and elk leather, lambskin, and red fox, mink and marten fur are used by Lapland designer Kati Juujärvi to create hats, gloves and mittens, belts and fur collars, as well as clothing for men, women and child…
Music in Tornio

Kalott Jazz & Blues Festival

Established in 1983, this three-day festival takes place in churches, parks, museums, shops, bars and restaurants on both sides of the Finland–Sweden border. A free bus service travels between venues. Many concerts …