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Misty fell in Lapland
Photo by: Juha Sulin | Vastavalo
Summer in the town center of Kolari, Lapland, Finland
Photo by: Kylien Kolari | LOCATION: Kolari town center
Midnight Sun in Kolari
Photo by: Markus Kiili | LOCATION: Äkäslompolo
Hermit Heikkinen's Cabin in Nuottavaara, Kolari, Lapland
Photo by: Kylien Kolari | LOCATION: Hermit Heikkinen's Cabin, Nuottavaara
Akaslompolo in Kolari in winter
Photo by: Markus Kiili | LOCATION: Äkäslompolo
A fell in spring
Photo by: Markus Kiili | LOCATION: Kuertunturi Fell
Koskela Local History Museum in Kolari, Lapland, Finland
Photo by: Kylien Kolari | LOCATION: Local History Museum in Koskela
Mountain biking on a stone field in Kolari, Lapland
Photo by: Lapland Material Bank | LOCATION: Ylläs
Mist over a frosted arctic forest in Kolari, Lapland
Photo by: Jani Kärppä | LOCATION: Ylläs


Kolari sits in the Tornio Valley, along the border separating Finnish and Swedish Lapland. The perfect representation of Lapland wilderness, Kolari is home to the Muonio River, Finland’s most popular national park, the famed Seven Fells of western Lapland, and the country’s largest ski resort at Ylläs.

Kolari coat of arms

Population: 3800
Land area: 2600 km²
Water area: 60 km²

Kolari at a glance

  • Ylläs Ski Resort, the largest in Finland
  • Northernmost train station in Finland
  • Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park
  • Abandoned underground mine & buildings

Features of Kolari

Situated along the border river between Sweden and Finland, Kolari is home to several natural features representative of western Lapland. The border rivers are Muonio and Tornio, Europe’s longest free-flowing river, and a salmon fishing ground. There are also several rapids. In the winter, the Tornio River freezes, and fishermen take to the ice cover to test their luck and patience against the slow-moving fish at the bottom of the river.

Another main natural characteristic of Kolari are the fells. Home to the famous Seven Fells, there are several ski resorts in and around Kolari. Ylläs, situated at the south end of the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, is Finland’s largest ski resort, with both the highest ski slopes and the longest runs in the country. Ylläs sits between two authentic Lapland villages: Ylläsjärvi and Äkäslompolo.

The Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park stretches from Ylläs to Hetta in Enontekiö. This park is one of the wildest in Finland, with sparse vegetation atop rocky fells and dense forests and bogs in the valleys. Kolari is home to Finland’s largest aapa bog, as well as old-growth forest.

Kolari’s industries have largely shaped its villages and towns. The main town of Kolari features small buildings of wood and brick, with many shops and services aimed at agriculture and tourism. Near Ylläs, the villages have retained their traditional characteristics, with wooden farmhouses and structures, often painted falu red. In the distance, the fells are always present. The ski resort at Ylläs is aimed at travelers and sports enthusiasts, with large hotels and modern facilities.

There is a privately-owned mine at Rautuvaara that is no longer operational and is available as a filming location.

Logistics in Kolari

The Kittilä International Airport (1 h by car) has routes connecting to Europe and daily flights through Helsinki. Kolari is also the northernmost terminus for Finland’s rail system. Thanks to the tourism industry, buses connect Kolari with much of Lapland and the country at large.

Tourism has also made accommodation quite convenient, especially near and around the Ylläs Ski Resort, which offers modern hotels, luxury apartments, holiday villages and isolated cabins. Other accommodation can be found in the traditional villages and in the town of Kolari itself.

Filmed in Kolari

Here are some productions that have filmed in the among the peaks and valleys of Kolari. Click on the poster to watch.

Top filming locations

  • The closed Rautuvaara Mine is surrounded by open space, rust, concrete, abandoned cars and piles of moraine, with many of its original constructions remaining at the scene today.
  • The easily accessible Äkäsjoki River offers narrow straits and wider sections, as well as rapids and calm waters.