Some of the most beautiful tundra-like fellfields in Lapland can be found in the municipality of Utsjoki. The landscape of the area is typically made of heath and mountain birches, with hills and fells of varying altitudes covering the lands. Although the rugged Arctic fellfields are beautiful all year round, they are at their most striking during the fall color season – that is, September and early October.
There are a great deal of fellfield locations to choose from in Utsjoki, many located along Route 970, which has been named the most beautiful road in Finland. For example, the Ailigas Fell right by the town center offers an impressive view over the Teno River Valley, with a road leading all the way up to its top. The Muotkatunturi Wilderness Area is another location to consider, as are the various well-maintained roads that take you across treeless wilderness, such as the Pulmankijärventie Road in Nuorgam.
The total accommodation capacity of Utsjoki is approximately 480 beds.
Restaurants & Catering
Some additional local services that may be useful when filming in the fellfields of Utsjoki include:
- Guide services
- Transportation services
- Husky and reindeer experiences
- ATV and snowmobile rentals
But this is just to name a few. For more information on the services available in the area, visit the Utsjoki 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 nearest airports are in Ivalo (2 h 15 min by car) and Kirkenes in Norway (2 h 45 min). The Ivalo International Airport offers a daily connection to Helsinki year-round, as well as other European cities during the winter season.
You can travel to Utsjoki by bus. For example, there are daily connections from Rovaniemi and Inari to the municipality, all the way up to its (and Finland’s) northernmost village, Nuorgam. For timetables and tickets for buses, visit Matkahuolto.
As all of Lapland, Utsjoki is easy to reach by car. If you opt for a rental car, the film-friendly services of ScanCar are available across the region.
Crew & Filming Equipment
Production service companies that operate across Lapland:
Angel Films offers equipment rentals for productions in Lapland. The company also owns sound stages in Helsinki.
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 fellfields of Utsjoki, 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 any permits at all. And if you’re unsure, you can always ask.
The large, state-owned wilderness areas in Utsjoki 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.
The wilderness areas in Utsjoki are used for reindeer pasturing, so larger productions are asked to inform the local reindeer herding districts on their filming plans in advance.
You need a permit to access the roads that lead up to the tops of the three Ailigas Fells. For the road to Ailigas Fell located by the town center, permits can be purchased at the Giisá Village House for a few euros.
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.