Utsjoki, Vetsijoki River
Photo by: Terhi Tuovinen

Utsjoki – Northern potential

Finland’s northernmost municipality invests in international and year-round tourism.

At the end of Highway 4 and along the E75 to Norway, Utsjoki is best reached by road. The nearest airports are in Ivalo and in Kirkenes, Norway.

Called Europe’s best salmon river, Teno flows along the Finnish-Norwegian border and brings fishing tourism to Utsjoki. Year-round tourism is growing and the region is investing in internationalization. Various tourism services are being developed along the Tenojoki River.

In addition to tourism, the municipality’s other important livelihoods include primary production, reindeer and subsistence farming and lively border trade. Norwegian border trade is one of the most important sources of livelihood in the municipality of Utsjoki, when more than 75% of companies’ turnover from trade comes from cross-border trade. The Norwegian border creates an attraction for the area when tourists come from Norway to the Finnish side and vice versa.

Photo by: Markus Kiili
Road by Tenojoki river in Utsjoki
Photo by: Terhi Tuovinen


  • Population 1,178
  • Number of businesses 125
  • Turnover of businesses in total 36 million euros


  • Municipality of Utsjoki
  • Development manager Tanja Lepistö 
  • tanja.lepisto@utsjoki.fi, +358 (0) 400 151 294
  • Utsjoki.fi