KemijärviKemijärvi is in Finnish Lapland. It is the north-eastern railhead for passenger traffic.
phone: +358 40-189-2050address: Vapaudentie 8
By planeThe closest passenger airport is in Rovaniemi, some 80 km away.
By trainThe daily overnight train from Helsinki to Lapland goes all the way to Kemijärvi. The car train station has been decommissioned, so if you are taking your car with you, you will only get as far as Rovaniemi.
By busThere are buses from Rovaniemi, Kuusamo and Sodankylä as well as Kandalaksha in Russia.
By carAs is the case elsewhere in rural Finland, driving is probably the most practical way of getting in if you are in a hurry. The distance from Helsinki and elsewhere in southern Finland is about 1000 km, so prepare for a whole day of driving. From elsewhere in Lapland you can usually get to Kemijärvi in 4–5 hours by car. Remember to watch out for reindeer on the road regardless of the time of the year! From the Russian border at Salla you can drive to Kemijärvi in less than one hour.
Lake KemijärviKemijärvi translates to "Kemi Lake", and the city shares the name with the lake just east of it. The lake and the landscapes with fells (hills) around it is beautiful around the year.
Kemijärvi churchBuilt in 1949, this is the most prominent landmark of the city.
address: Varastotie 11
phone: +358 40-503-9591address: Sepänkatu 4The regional museum shows how people used to live in the old days.
There are also a couple of galleries and workshops by local artists.
- Kemijärvi is more or less a town in the middle of the outback, so if you want to "take a hike" Kemijärvi is a good starting point.
- Suomu ski resort is administratively in Kemijärvi, about 40 km southeast along highway 5 (E63).
BudgetThe "everyman's rights" and the fact that it easy to get out in the nature here make wild camping a viable option in the summer months. It is free, if not always comfortable accommodation.
phone: +358 16 458-2200address: Vapaudenkatu 4An aged hotel right at the main shopping street.
phone: +358 16 320 7700address: Kirkkokatu 9A basic hotel in the city center, the rooms have been recently refurbished. TV and private bathroom in each room as well as unreliable WiFi. The hotel restaurant is also a good place to eat even if you don't stay there, they serve an extensive buffet for €11.50.