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A cozy hut atop a fell in winter in Salla, a Finnish Lapland filming location
Photo by: Jonne Vaahtera
A reindeer crosses Sallatunturi fell in autumn, a Finish Lapland filming location
Photo by: Jonna Vaahtera
Northern Lights reflected in Lake Markajärvi in Salla, a Finish Lapland filming location
Photo by: Jonne Vaahtera
The Salla War Museum in winter, a Finish Lapland filming location
Photo by: Jonna Vaahtera
A frozen waterfall in Salla, a Finish Lapland filming location
Photo by: Visit Salla
Downtown Salla in winter, a Finish Lapland filming location
Photo by: Juhamatti Julkunen
Snow-crowned trees atop Salmivaara in Salla, a Finish Lapland filming location
Photo by: Jonne Vaahtera
Waterfall in summer in Salla, a Finish Lapland filming location
Photo by: Visit Salla
Photo by: Vastavalo, Risto Puranen
A tractor outside the Salla War Museum in summer, a Finish Lapland filming location
Photo by: All About Lapland | Alexander Kuznetsov

Salla: Filming Lapland's Forests

Nestled against Finland’s eastern border, Salla is a collection of villages scattered among a vast forest wilderness. The ski resort at Sallatunturi and a variety of activity-based support services offer a convenient filming experience among the gentle rolling hills, national parks and wilderness areas “in the middle of nowhere.”

Coat of arms for Salla, Finland

Population: 3600
Land area: 5700 km²
Water area: 140 km²

Salla at a Glance

  • Vast pine and birch forests, aapa bogs
  • Oulanka & Salla National Parks
  • Salpa Line war fortications
  • Tourism area with ski resort
  • Tuntsa Wilderness Area with visible forest fire damage
  • Map of Salla

Features of Salla

Salla, with its snow-crowned trees and quiet villages, is the epitome of Forest Lapland. The landscapes here feature rolling hills and fells, vast yet accessible forests of pine and birch, small lakes and aapa bogs, large Lake Onkamojärvi, and unending swaths of deep green forest. The Oulanka National Park begins in the south of Salla, with picturesque ravines along the Oulanka river. Finland’s newest national park is also in Salla. This park features old growth forests, ravines and felltops. Tuntsa is a wilderness reserve in Salla, featuring backwoods fells and spruce forests. The forest was damaged during a fire in 1960, and due to the slow growth of northern forests, the damage is still visible today.

During the Winter War (1939-1940), Salla was on the front line against Russia, and the Salpa Line extended through the municipality. This line features natural obstacles, bunkers, cellars and other formations created or repurposed for defense.

The town of Salla, about 20 min by car from Finland’s eastern border, features amenities aimed at the rural, agricultural communities around it. The town is small but well-developed, with wooden and brick buildings along main street. There are grocery stores, a park and a modern church.  The municipality also boasts one of the coldest villages in Finland: Naruska (40 min by car), which lies between the Naruskajoki river and the border.

The Sallatunturi tourism area includes a ski resort with 15 slopes and six ski lifts, accommodation and activity services. Salla Wilderness Park provides reindeer- and nature-based activities and and attractions on their own large reindeer farm and wilderness area, including huskies, photography services, hiking and kayaking.

Logistics of Salla

The wilderness of Salla attracts a lot of tourists, so the municipality has built up support services around the industry, especially for safaris and nature excursions. There is a popular reindeer park that keeps reindeer, both trained and semi-wild, all year round. The most accommodation can be found in the tourism area, though there are other options scattered throughout the municipality. The city of Kemijärvi (50 min by car) is also an option for accommodation.

The nearest international airports are in Rovaniemi (2 h by car) and Kuusamo (1 h 30 min).

Visit the travel website for Salla for more information.


Here are the productions that filmed in the middle of nowhere, Salla. Click a poster to see the trailer.

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