Ravine & Lake
The Salmijoki Ravine and the nearby Lake Kalliojärvi, located along the same hiking route in Salla, combine two Arctic nature environments that offer a one-of-a-kind setting for productions.
The Salmijoki Ravine is surrounded by high slopes and old Arctic trees. The narrow Salmijoki River runs at its bottom, forming a small waterfall right by a campsite. The campsite includes a campfire spot, a lean-to for shelter, and a dry toilet.
Only a stone’s throw away, Lake Kalliojärvi offers a picturesque wilderness lake location. The lake is located in a narrow gorge, and the steep rock walls give is a unique look.
Thanks to its blooming wilderness tourism, Salla offers a good selection of accommodation, especially in the the Sallatunturi travel area (30 min by car). Accommodation options include hotels, cottages and holiday apartments.
Restaurants & Catering
There is a variety of restaurants to choose from Salla, from small cafés and pubs to à la carte restaurants. Some local restaurants also offer catering services.
Some additional local services that may be useful when filming in the villages of Salla include:
- Guide services
- Activity services
- Transportation services
- Wilderness and activity equipment rentals
But this is just to name a few. For more information on the services available in the area, visit the Salla 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 Rovaniemi and Kuusamo (both 2 h by car). The Rovaniemi International Airport offers daily connections to Helsinki and other European cities around the year, as well as connections to some Asian cities during the winter season.
You can travel to Salla by bus, but there is no bus line to the Salmijoki Ravine. For timetables and tickets for buses, visit Matkahuolto.
As all of Lapland, the Salmijoki Ravine and Lake Kalliojärvi are easy to reach by car. There are multiple options for car rentals across the region.
Crew & Filming Equipment
There are a number of production service companies that operate across Lapland. We’re happy to tell you more, so please get in touch.
Thanks to the Finnish concept of Everyman’s Right, most of the Lapland nature is free to film in. In the case of the Salmijoki Ravine and Lake Kalliojärvi, this means that if your production is on a smaller side 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.
The area is managed by Metsähallitus (Parks & Wildlife Finland), and 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.