Nuorgam is in Finnish Lapland and is situated at the top of Finland and the EU, 510 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, in the municipality Utsjoki. It is very central while on route to the Arctic Ocean and the Finnmark area in Norway. The close proximity of the Norwegian border crossing gives the village with its 200 inhabitants an international atmosphere, with many tourists visiting during the summer season.
The ways to get in are car or bus.
Distances by road are:
- The border (Polmak) 3 km
- Tana Bru 23 km
- Vadsø 85 km
- Vardø 160 km
- Båtsfjord 160 km
- Kirkenes (airport) 165 km
- Lakselv (airport) 270 km
The closest airport in Finland is in Ivalo, to which Finnair flies daily from Helsinki. SAS and Wideroe fly to the airport in Kirkenes in Norway.
All the airports in close proximity offer car rentals: Ivalo, Kirkenes airport and also Vadsø have Hertz, Europcar and Avis car rental companies.
- The midnight sun is shining from May 16th to July 27th.
- The period of winter twilight from November 26th to January 16th when the Sun doesn't rise at all.
- The autumn colors (Finnish: ruska, Sami:ruški) rule the views in September. The first snow falls usually early October.
The northernmost point of the European UnionThe official monument is next to the road just few meters from the Norwegian border. The actual northernmost point is about 400 meters north in the middle of river Teno but perhaps this is more suitable place to take the selfie.
The Museum Road and Alaköngäs rapidsA 5 km long historic road is included to the list of nationally significant built cultural environments. The road is centuries old as Alaköngäs rapids make the Teno river unsuitable for boating. Nowadays, the Alaköngäs rapids are among the most popular places for salmon fishing.
The Sitting StoneA large, flat stone (or actually two of them) on top of Isonkivenvaara fell. For centuries, when the reindeer herdsmen left the village the stone was used as a resting place. Awesome views to the fells in Norway and the vast Kaldoaivi Wilderness Area.
Lake Pulmanki and the Pulmanki river valleyLake Pulmanki was once a bottom of a fjord. This can still be seen from the extraordinary nature in and around the lake. The only place in Finland where you can find Myricaria germanica bushes. The river Pulmanki south from the lake is notable for its meandering. The 70 km long hiking trail from Sevettijärvi ends to the road by the lake.
Nuorgam chapeladdress: Seuraniementie 11The EU's northernmost chapel was established in 1880's. Modernized in 1960's and 1970's. The service is held six times a year.
phone: +47 952 62 162A small museum about life in Teno river valley and Sami people.
- The EU’s northernmost school. Nuorgam lower elementary school had 16 pupils in 2018.
The King's StoneTwo stones with a border marks from 1766 indicating Strömstad border between kingdoms of Sweden and Denmark. The stones carry king Adolf Fredrik of Sweden's monogram. Strömstad treaty (1751) created the first time an exact border between these countries this far north.
- The Sami museum in Varangerbotn
- Norway and the Arctic Ocean, take photographs of the fisher villages and towns
- Rastigaissa: East-Finnmark’s highest fell (1065 m.a.sl), which can be seen from the top of the treeless fells in Nuorgam
The rest are mostly fishing enthusiasts as Teno is the most important wild salmon river in the Europe. To protect the river and its stock fishing in Teno is strictly regulated; you need to buy a licence and all your fishing equipment must be disinfected (see fishing in Finland). The arctic char is common in many lakes around and during the winter it is the main catch for ice fishing.
South from Nuorgam there is vast backcountry, the Kaldoaivi Wilderness Area. This makes Nuorgam an awesome place for hiking. The 70 km long, marked hiking trail from lake Pulmanki to Sevettijärvi village in Inari is recommended only for experienced trekkers. Near the lake Ylä-Pulmanki, deep within the wilderness area, there is a wreck of a German Junkers-52 airplane shot down by Russians in 1944. The wreck is relatively well preserved due to successful emergency landing and its extremely remote location, it lies over 20 km off the nearest marked trail.
The Arctic Ocean is just 35 km away. Small town Varangerbotn has a large Sami museum.
IMPORTANT: Even though it is allowed to cross the Finland-Norway border anywhere it is an outer border of EU and customs regulations apply. If you aren't a citizen of a Nordic Country you also need to carry all necessary documents with you. The corresponding border station is the Polmak customs office in Norway.
phone: +358 20 786 1130address: Nuorgamintie 4298A large grocery store with Alko. Fishing gear and licences. Fishing guide service. Gasoline.
phone: +358 16 678 342address: Nuorgamintie 4379aA smaller grocery store. Mail service.
Eat and drink
Scanburger Nuorgamaddress: Nuorgamintie 4298The northernmost fast food in EU.
address: NuorgamintieThe northernmost restaurant in EU.
Pub Staalonpesäaddress: Nuorgamintie 4281The northernmost pub in EU closed in 2016 and is now (2019) in renovation. Opens again some day, hopely.
phone: +358 400 294 669address: Nuorgamintie 4401Accommodation in apartments and cottages, camping facilities for caravans and tents. Restaurant. Souvenir shop. A separate wilderness cabin on the highlands.
phone: +358 40 755 8290address: Alakönkääntie 28Cottages and caravan near the famous Alaköngäs rapids. Fishing boats with guide for rent. Ice fishing trips in winter.