Kolari municipality on map of Finland.
The railway station.

Kolari is a municipality in Finnish Lapland, best known as the northernmost railhead in Finland, with overnight trains from southern Finland. Most tourists continue from the town itself to Ylläs or other resorts.


Yllästunturi (Ylläs fell) by Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park 35 km away is the most important tourist destination nearby. Otherwise the municipality is largely forest and swamps (including an important bird site) with some fells in the west.

Get in

The municipality, at the Swedish border (by Pajala), has one of the northern railheads, with overnight trains from southern Finland.

By plane

The nearest airports are in Kittilä to the east and in Pajala across the border to Sweden. Rovaniemi, farther away but with better connections at least off season, is another option.

By train

Kolari is the northernmost train station in Finland. During the winter season there is a direct train connection daily from Helsinki via Tampere; at 995 kilometers, this is the longest single train route in Finland. An overnight trip takes 13 hours and is most comfortable in a sleeping cabin. Sometimes the train contains a special club car serving as a nightclub during the trip.

By car

From Helsinki, drive by E75 to the north. Switch to E8 after Kemi.

From Sweden there are bridges e.g. at Haparanda/Tornio, Övertorneå/Ylitornio (Aavasaksa), Pello and Pajala/Kolari

From northern Norway use E8, road 93 or E75. From E75 you can turn at Sodankylä and continue via Kittilä.

Get around

The town is mostly built along the Muonionjoki river and its Saaripudas fork. The   train station is in the north end. The Kolari and Kolarinsaari churches are some 3 km downstream, the latter across the Kolarinsaari bridge. The   bridge over Muonionjoki is 3 km further downstream, in the south end of the town, 25 km from Pajala centre.

The island Kolarinsaari is some 7 km long, sparsely settled near the bridge in the south. The settlements in the north are adjacent to Saaripudas on the Finnish side and the Swedish Kolari village (there was no border here before the 19th century).


Church of Kolari, built 1965.




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