A view to the Suensaari island, where the city center is situated

Tornio (Swedish: Torneå) is a city in Finnish Lapland, by the border to Sweden.


Being estabilished in 1621 Tornio is definitely the oldest city in Lapland. Today the city has approximately 22 000 inhabitants. Tornio forms a unique economical zone together with Swedish town Haparanda; the border between the countries is hardly visible.

The city has a large steel factory and a famous brewery (Lapin Kulta), which was closed in August 2010. Outokumpu steel company is biggest employer in Tornio area.

While Tornio may be a good place to view the Northern Lights, many things are closed during the winter (though they may not necessarily be advertised as such).

Get in

By car

Most people arrive with their own car to Tornio (along the E4 road) either from Haparanda, Sweden or from the Finnish side from Kemi, Rovaniemi or Kilpisjärvi (Enontekiö).

By train

VR has a night train from Helsinki to Kolari, which stops at Tornio, the station is named Tornio-Itäinen (Tornio East).

More trains stop at Kemi, 30 km away from Tornio. From there you'll have to continue by bus.

By bus

From Finland, you can check the central organization for intercity buses, Matkahuolto's website for information about timetables and fares.

From Sweden, check Länstrafik Norrbotten and Resrobot. Direct expressbus connection from Stockholm to Tornio is offered by Tapanis buss.

By plane

There is an airport in Kemi, 20km away from Tornio.

Get around

The city is small; therefore you can get everywhere by walking. Its also easy to visit Haparanda in Sweden by foot.


The orthodox church
Kukkola Rapids north of the city center



The hot summer days can also be spent swimming in the cool Tornio river, lake Karsikkojärvi or in the beautiful island of Seskarö.





Mid range


Coffee houses

Bars, Pubs and Night Clubs





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