Haparanda

The old water tower

Haparanda (Finnish:Haaparanta) is a city in Norrbotten located on the easternmost point in Sweden. It is twinned with Tornio just across (part of) the Torne river.

Understand

The easternmost outpost of Sweden since 1809 when Finland was lost to Russia. Haparanda has always been an important trading post, this continues until this day with the world's northernmost IKEA store, bringing customers from all across the Barents region. It is a great gateway to the wild north of Scandinavia. Most people here speak both Swedish, Finnish and English.

Get in

By car

Arriving by car is easy since Haparanda is on the E4 with roads in good shape. It is a border town so there is a fair share of heavy duty traffic coming through; see E4 through Sweden.

By train

Although Haparanda boasts a train station, there is no passenger service. Two daily Swedish night trains, one from Stockholm and one from Gothenburg, terminate in Luleå with a connecting express bus to Haparanda waiting.

If you're arriving from Finland the twice-weekly overnight train between Helsinki and Kolari stops in Tornio across the river. Otherwise your best bet is Kemi, with quite frequent connections from all parts of Finland – from there you can take the bus to Tornio and walk across to Haparanda.

By bus

Express coaches from Sweden are handled by Länstrafiken Norrbotten, there are daily connections from cities like Kiruna, Luleå and Umeå, while some buses come all the way from Stockholm. Resrobot finds the best public transport routes.

From Finland there are frequent bus connections to Haparanda from Tornio and Kemi, but some lines extend even to the bus station in Oulu. Beware that all buses going to Finland depart according to local Finnish time, which is one hour ahead of time in Haparanda. The central organization for intercity bus traffic in Finland, Matkahuolto, provides schedule and ticket information on their website.

By plane

Haparanda has no airport of its own, the nearest one being Kemi-Tornio airport on the Finnish side (24km from Haparanda), whereto Finnair runs scheduled flights from Helsinki. From there you'll have to continue with the bus service provided by Matkahuolto, the nearest bus stop of Kemi airport is named Kemi lentoasema th. From elsewhere in Sweden, fly to Luleå and take the bus to Haparanda.

Get around

Ringlinjen connects most part of Haparanda and Tornio, fares are 15 SEK or €2 for a single trip.

See

Do

Aludden, "Alder Peninsula" at Seskarö

Events

Buy

Both Swedish krona and Euro are accepted in most stores.

Eat

Budget

There are several cheap restaurants scatterd in the city center, some serve only lunch. For cheap crub, head out the in-store IKEA restaurant.

Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Go next

Turn your clock forward one hour, change currency to Euro, get your Finnish phrasebook and cross the Torne river into Tornio.

See also E4 through Sweden.

Routes through Haparanda

Stockholm Luleå  W  E  Tornio END


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