In northernmost Lapland, landscapes change. Dense snowy forests give way to gentle fells punctuated with dwarven birches. There’s only one word for it: tundra.

The fellfields of Utsjoki are as close to tundra as you can get in Finland. (The word tundra is actually related to the Finnish word for fell, tunturi.) Although there is no permafrost in Finland, the conditions that make tundra landscapes possible exist in northern Utsjoki in winter. Snow arrives in September or October and sticks around until May or June. The cold and wind precludes trees from growing tall, so the fells of northernmost Finland are instead dotted with short dwarf birches and other plants that exist only at high latitudes.

You may think you need snowmobiles to reach the tundra vistas of northern Finland, but you might be surprised to learn that in Nuorgam (the EU’s northernmost village), you can take a car to the tops of tundra-like fells, even in winter. The Pulmankijärvi Scenic Route (Pulmankijärven maisemantie) lives up to its name, with the river valley spreading out below you and the snow-capped mountains rising across the border.

The villages in Utsjoki are small, and about half the overall population is Sámi. (Learn more about filming with Sámi people.) The people are adept at thriving in the harsh Arctic winters, and the holiday villages and tourism services are happy to bring you to the fells, to the Arctic Ocean, or wherever your production demands.