Wilderness River


Äkäsjoki is river wilderness at its best. The versatile river offers narrow straits and wider sections, as well as rapids and calm waters, all surrounded by Arctic nature in the municipality of Kolari. The Äkäsjoki River is a popular spot for fishing and kayaking.

The 46-kilometer river can be divided into two sections. Firstly, it runs in the wild from Lake Äkäsjärvi to Lake Äkäslompolo by the Ylläs travel center. From Äkäslompolo, the river flows right by the roads Äkäsjoentie and Ylläksentie all the way to the Swedish border river, Muonio. The latter section of the river is easy to access: there are parking lots right by the water, as well as a few bridges that cross the river.

While the upper section of the river is a bit wilder, there are no heavy rapids in the lower section of Äkäsjoki. This makes it especially suitable for productions that wish to film in boats.