Lake Harrijärvi in Urho Kekkonen National Park.

Sodankylä is a municipality and town in Finnish Lapland.


Sodankylä is situated in the heart of Lapland. Sodankylä 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 is in the municipality.

The northern part of the municipality belongs to the Sámi native region.

Get in

There are no airports or railway stations in Sodankylä, so the only way to get in is by road, i.e. by car or bus. Buses along highway 4 (E75) between Rovaniemi and Ivalo stop in Sodankylä; the distance from Rovaniemi is 130 km, from Ivalo 160 km.

Get around

You can get around in the town itself by foot. However many attractions are located tens of kilometres outside of it and there are just a few buses a day (mainly just along highway 4), hence a car is the most practical mode of transportation.


This municipality is the home of:


A large variety of activities are available at near by locations in winter as well as in summer: snowmobile driving, ice fishing, reindeer farm visits, snow shoe walk, cross-country and downhill skiing, riverboat cruises, fishing, hiking and cycling.


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