Towns and villages
Sodankylä (town)See below
TankavaaraGold digging village, including opportunities of gold digging on site or as expeditions. Large collection of geological samples. Visitor centre and trailhead for the national park.
LuostoSki resort. Skiing, husky safaris etc. Amethyst mine open to the public .
Urho Kekkonen National ParkThe second largest national park in Finland, with mires, deep forests and ranges of treeless fells. In the western parts there are good services, while most of the park is wilderness. The adjacent Sompio strict nature reserve includes the same habitats in a smaller scale. Visitor centre and some trailheads in Tankavaara. For Sompio and the Ruijanpolku trails drive 88 km to the north from Sodankylä centre along E75, to Vuotso, turn east along the Sompiojärventie forest road. There are trailheads after 9, 10 and 13.5 km; for the UKK trail and Nuorttijoki drive 145km east to Tulppio in Savukoski; for other options, see the park article
Sodankylä is situated in the heart of Finnish Lapland. It provides a perfect environment for both the active hiker and the person seeking peace, space and silence. Vast forests, unspoiled wild nature, wide open aapa mires and rugged fells of Northern Lapland in particular, are characteristic to this area. The Luosto ski resort, the Tankavaara gold village and parts of the Urho Kekkonen National Park are in the municipality.
The northern part of the municipality belongs to the Sámi native region.
address: Jäämerentie 3An art gallery presenting the art of the local painter Andreas Alariesto.
The old wooden churchBuilt in 1689.
Ilmakkiaapa miresEasy 2·400m trail along duckboards over the aapa mire to a birdwatching tower. In spring the trail is flooded, otherwise no equipment is needed in dry weather, as long as you keep to the trail. Rubber boots needed for berry picking. Take your binoculars with you, to better see the birds. Right to access applies.
The Midnight Sun Film festivalProbably one of the world's northernmost film festivals, held in June each year since 1986, attracting an international audience.
Hotel Bear Innphone: +358 40-122-8250address: Lapintie 7Single rooms with private saunas or upgraded rooms equipped with relaxing power steam showers. Lounge with bar and a separate restaurant. Lunch buffet Monday through Friday at 11-14; after 15.00 daily, dinner à la carte.
phone: +358 16 617-121address: Unarintie 15
phone: +358 400-539-075address: Ivalontie 1
The northernmost Lidl on earthTrue, a Lidl as such is nothing special, but this here is the northernmost on earth as a banner just outside the store proudly proclaims