Northern Countryside


The small villages in the municipality of Salla offer authentic small town charm, with the Arctic twist of mighty fells rising in the horizon. The countryside landscapes are characterized by large fields, dirt roads, rivers and lakes, and picturesque yards with wooden houses. The buildings are mostly log houses, representing traditional Nordic architecture. Although the villages have been inhabited for hundreds of years, many of the houses and buildings were (re)built in the 20 century. This is due to the damage caused by the wars that took place in Lapland.

Some of the most picturesque Salla villages include Saija, Onkamo, Aatsinki, Vallovaara and Naruska – all within a 30-minute drive from the town center.