Thanks to the Rautuvaara Mine and its vast resources of iron ore, the municipality of Kolari used to be known for its blooming mining industry from to 60s to the late 80s. The mine was closed in 1989, but many of its original constructions remain at the scene today.
The Rautuvaara Mine is run-down in a fascinating way. The area is dominated by open space, rust, concrete, abandoned cars and piles of moraine. This creates a unique combination that works great for, for example, horror, action and crime. In addition, the area features a tall mining tower, an enrichment plant and neglected railway tracks.
There is a good selection of accommodation available in Kolari, thanks to the Ylläs travel area (30 min by car) and its accommodation capacity of 23 000 beds. Ylläs offers modern hotels, luxury apartments, holiday villages and isolated cabins. The film-friendly Lapland Hotels operates four units in Ylläs.
Restaurants & Catering
As with accommodation, there is a wide range of restaurant options to choose from in Kolari, from fast food eateries and cafés to à la carte restaurants. The restaurants of the forementioned hotels are happy to serve productions with expertise and care.
Some additional local services that may be useful when filming in Rautuvaara include:
- Construction services
- Reindeer farms
- ATV rentals
- Guide services
- Transportation services
But this is just to name a few. For more information on the services available in the area, visit the Ylläs 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 Kittilä Airport (1 h by car) offers a daily connection to Helsinki year-round, as well as connections to some European cities during the winter season. The second-nearest airport is in Enontekiö (1 h 45 min).
You can travel to Kolari by bus. For timetables and tickets for buses, visit Matkahuolto.
As all of Lapland, the Rautuvaara Mine 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, Studios and 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.
Permits & Safety
Filming permits for Rautuvaara are granted by the owner premises, who will also inform productions on safety and logistics at the mine. For more information, contact Film Lapland.