It’s no wonder that Ranua is known for its vast and stunning bogs, as they make up for over 60% of the municipality’s land area. Consisting mostly of string bogs, the local boglands are generally large, open areas with some stunted pine trees growing here and there. The bogs are also home to unique flora, such as the picturesque cottongrass and the cloudberry. As the cloudberry only grows in a bog environment, it is a true Ranua delicacy that lures quite a few people – both Finnish and international – to the municipality during its peak season.
There are many bog locations to choose from in Ranua. For example, the boglands along the roads Simontie (Koskela-Pahkapalo) and Pekkalantie (Kaitasuo, Pitkäsuo) are easy to access, as is the beautiful bog along the route to the Takajärvi Observation Tower right by the town center. You can find a great listing of the Ranua bogs on Google Maps.
Restaurants & Catering
There are a handful of cafés and restaurants in the Ranua area, including lunch cafés and à la carte restaurants. Most of them are open year-round, but some operate during only during the summer. Some local businesses also offer catering services.
Some additional local services that may be useful when filming in the bogs of Ranua include:
- Northern animals (Ranua Zoo)
- Guide services
- Transportation services
But this is just to name a few. For more information on the services available in the area, visit the Ranua travel site.
Lapland is the most connected wilderness in the Arctic. Thanks to its five airports, vast and well-maintained road network and efficient public transportation, getting around is effortless throughout the year.
The Rovaniemi International Airport (1 h by car) offers daily connections to Helsinki and other European cities around the year, as well as connections to some Asian cities during the winter season. The second-nearest airports are in Kemi (1 h 30 min) and Oulu (1 h 45 min).
You can travel to Ranua by bus. For example, there are direct bus lines to the municipality from Rovaniemi and Oulu. For timetables and tickets for buses, visit Matkahuolto.
As all of Lapland, Ranua is easy to reach by car.
Crew, Studios and Filming Equipment
Contact us for more information about production service companies in Lapland.
Thanks to the Finnish concept of the Everyman’s Right, most of the Lapland nature is free to film in. In the case of the boglands of Ranua, this means that if your production is on a smaller scale and does not cause disturbance to the nature, there is a chance you may not need to worry about permits at all. But if you’re unsure, it’s always best to ask.
Some of the bogland areas in Ranua are managed by Metsähallitus (Parks & Wildlife Finland), where permits are required for off-road traffic and any temporary structures. Metsähallitus handles filming and permit applications on a case by case basis. For more information, please see their instructions for permits for film production in state-owned areas in Finland.
Film Lapland does not issue permits, but we’re more than happy to help you determine whether you need one and with the permit process, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.