SodankylaFinland

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Visit Sodankyla

Despite its remote location, sparsely populated Sodankylä is known around the world for its film festival and beautiful scenery.

Situated at the heart of Lapland, Sodankylä is a large area, home to both mining activities and national parks. Sodankylä is known around the world for its Midnight Sun Film Festival, but any holiday in Sodankylä would not be complete without a visit to the only working amethyst mine in Europe or the Urho Kekkonen National Park, which is located partly within the area.

The main tourist attraction in Sodankylä is the charming scenery of Lapland, and in mid-June, the Midnight Sun Film Festival brings a cosmopolitan atmosphere by attracting 15,000-25,000 annual visitors. Especially popular are the silent films presented with live music.

Before leaving the centre of Sodankylä, take time to visit its two churches located nearby, the Sodankylä Old Church and the Sodankylä New Church. The new church was built from locally mined grey stone and has a light and restful atmosphere. The old wooden church, built in 1689, is now used only during the summer.

For local history enthusiasts, don't forget to visit the Sodankylä Museum of Local History and Culture. Explore the traditions of Sodankylä in a Lappish house or a summer barn. However, a holiday in Sodankylä would not be complete without the glimmer of gold, so visit the Tankavaara Gold Museum and try your hand at panning for gold.

A relaxing and low-cost holiday in Sodankylä can easily be organised if you include a visit to the Urho Kekkonen or Pyhä-Luosto National Parks. Urho Kekkonen National Park is one of Finland's most popular hiking destinations. Start from the Koilliskaira Visitor Centre then follow the nature trail of your choice. Pyhä-Luosto Visitor Centre Naava provides information on the mountain paths of the Pyhä-Luosto National Park. In the Pyhä-Luosto area be sure to visit Lampivaara Amethyst Mine and search for precious stones.

Sodankylä is easily reached if you first fly or take a train to Rovaniemi, but the long distance to go to Lapland is easiest to cover by car. You might want to stay, for instance, in a distinctive glass igloo at Kakslauttanen Igloo Village.

Top hotels in Sodankyla

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
4 out of 5
Kiilopääntie 9, Sodankyla
£447
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28

Situated in Sodankyla, this lodge is within 9 miles (15 km) of Angry Birds Activity Park Saariselka, Saariselka Ski Resort and Saariselkä Sport Resort. Pyhan ...

4.3/5Excellent! (15 reviews)

"I thought that the property and everything we did there was excellent"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2020

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Wilderness Hotel Muotka
Wilderness Hotel Muotka
3.5 out of 5
Muotkantie 204, Sodankyla, Lapland
£151
per night
Jan 28 - Jan 29

Situated in Sodankyla, this hotel is within 12 miles (20 km) of Saariselka Ski Resort, Angry Birds Activity Park Saariselka and Saariselkä Sport Resort. Pyhan ...

4.4/5Excellent! (44 reviews)

"The overall experience, friendly helpful staff, the organized activities, location"…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2020

Wilderness Hotel Muotka
Lapland Hotels Luostotunturi
Lapland Hotels Luostotunturi
3.5 out of 5
Luostontie 1, Sodankyla
£107
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Situated in a national park, this spa hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Pyhä-Luosto National Park and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Lampivaara Amethyst Mine. Kopara Reindeer ...

4.1/5Very Good! (119 reviews)

"I loved this hotel. Not many places to eat out in Luosto and only 1 Resturant available to eat in at the hotel due to a package company hiring out the buffet restaurant for there customers. That is my only negative. The hotel staff are brilliant and Luosto is beautiful."…"

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2019

Lapland Hotels Luostotunturi

Popular things to do in Sodankyla

Urho Kekkonen National Park
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Urho Kekkonen National Park

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Trek amid magnificent arctic scenery, hike to the summit of dramatic fells and spot myriad wildlife in Finland’s second-largest national park.

Pyhä-Luosto National Park
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Pyhä-Luosto National Park

5/5(1 review)

Spend your winter on skis and your summers in walking boots in a stunning Lapland wilderness that offers fun in all seasons.

Saariselkä Sport Resort
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Saariselkä Sport Resort

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Hit the slopes in Saariselka with a visit to Saariselkä Sport Resort. You can seek out the hiking trails while in the area.

Top activities in Sodankyla

Arctic sky, Nature & Northern lights Photographing Pyhä-Luosto
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Arctic sky, Nature & Northern lights Photographing Pyhä-Luosto

£65

Itinerary Beautiful trail goes through the old pine tree forest to a good place to see Northern lights and arctic sky. We will give you good information about arctic nature, sky, northern lights and how to photograph them.

Ice fishing by car with hot beverages at Pyhä-Luosto
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Ice fishing by car with hot beverages at Pyhä-Luosto

£65

Itinerary Here is your chance to enjoy quality time in peaceful and beautiful nature. Make a hole through the ice and learn the secrets of ice-fishing. This tours is suitable for everyone and we will go little further from fell area to best place to catch a fish.

Capturing Auroras in Luosto
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Capturing Auroras in Luosto

£71

Itinerary Bliss guide will wait for the clients at Lapland Hotel Luostotunturi's reception. After meet and greet, the guide will take the clients to Tikkalaavu, which is a mere 15 minute walk away.

Snowshoeing in Pyha-Luosto Lapland
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Snowshoeing in Pyha-Luosto Lapland

£60

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Pyha-Luosto National Park, Luontotie 1, Pyhatunturi 98530 Finland Walk around Duration: 2 hours Pass By: Pyhatunturi, Pyhatunturi, Lapland Fell area Pass By: Luosto, Luosto, Lapland Fell

Reindeer herders winter day
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Reindeer herders winter day

£108

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Orbas Reindeer Farm, Rovaniemi, Lapland Day starts with a pick up, usually at 10:00 Driving trip to our home is 90km and takes about 1,5hours At our place we feed reindeer by foot and with snowmobile, have a campfire where we fry self made reindeer sausages and have something warm to drink.

Cross-country skiing at Pyhä-Luosto
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Cross-country skiing at Pyhä-Luosto

£60

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Pass By: Pyhatunturi, Pyhatunturi, Lapland Fell area Pass By: Luosto, Luosto, Lapland Fell area Pass By: Pyha-Luosto National Park, Luontotie 1, Pyhatunturi 98530 Finland Cross-country ski tracks

Reviews of Sodankyla

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Jan 20, 2020

Beautiful place if you like peace and quiet, very convenient with respect to air travel, especially from London. Nice and friendly people, mostly well educated and speak English, easy to have conversations and overall happy place.