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The road Simo-Vardo takes you
from the Baltic Sea to the Arctic Ocean

Simo-Vardø - E-75

Use this map to navigate along the roads from Simo to Vardø

Simo

The road Simo-Vardo starts at the small Simo municipality on the south-western border of Finnish Lapland. The road ends at Vardo on the Arctic ocean in Norwegian Lapland. Did you, by the way, know that the E75 starts at the island Crete in Greece?

Read more about Simo and the Simo river

Kemi and Keminmaa

The Gemstone Gallery at Kemi is our next stop. It contains more than 3000 remarkable stones and jewellery from all over the world. They even have the regalia of the first and last king of Finland. Read about the Kemi Gemstone Gallery.

From Kemi and Tornio you can also access the Bay of Bothnia national park which is located in the archipelago outside these two cities.

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Side trip to Torino and Haparanda

From the E-8/E-75 crossroads at Keminmaa you can go to Tornio and Haparanda on the E-8. See map. The E-8 goes through the Torne river valley through Kilpisjarvi and further on to Tromso in Norway.

Tervola

At Tervola the old church is an attraction.

Rovaniemi

is the administrativ centre of Finnish Lapland. Here is the famous museum and science centre called Arktikum and the Rovaniemi Church where Lapp elements are used in Biblical stories in wall paintings and altar piece.

Just about 10 kilometres north of Rovaniemi you will cross the Arctic Circle and see the famous Santa Claus village with the Santa Claus post office and gift shops, to mention some of the features of the village.

At Norvajarvi the Germans have built a large memorial in commemoration of their fallen soldiers during World War II. Se map.

Read more about Rovaniemi.

Side trip to Kittila and Levi

From Rovaniemi you may want to go to Kittila and the large ski resort at Levi on road 79.

Sodankyla

At Sodankyla, still on the Simo-Vardo road, there is the Alariesto Gallery containing the works of an extraordinary Lapland artist, Andreas Alariesto. You can also see the aurora borealis at the Aurora House

Side trip to Kittila and Levi

From Sodankyla you may want to go to Kittila and the large ski resort at Levi on road 80. See map.

Side trip from Torvinen to Pyha-Luosto

What about picking your own gem stones? Your own amethyst? If so, take to the right at Torvinen down to the amethyst mine and even the Pyha-Luosto National Park

About 40 km north of Sodankyla we find the Ilmakki-aapa petland protection area with access to a bird watching tower.

Read more about Sodankyla.

Inari

Inari is a Sami municipality. A modern Sami museum is situated on the shore of the reknowned Lake Inari.

A visit to the Pielpajarvi wilderness church is worthwhile.

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Alternative route to Varanger national tourist road

From Kaamanen you may go on road 971 through Sevettijarvi to Neiden on the Norwegian side. From there just follow the E-6 to Varangerbotn where you get on to the E-75 again. See map.

The Aurora Borealis in Lapland is a beautiful sight and experience in Lapland.

The Aurora Borealis in Lapland is one of the special light phenomena

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The ice bathing season at Bugoynes has started

Ice bathing at Bugoynes has become very popular

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The Bugoynes village is also called Little Finland

The Bugoynes village by the Varanger fjord is also called Little Finland, or Pikku Suomi in Finnish

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The road Alta-Kirkenes

The road Alta-Kirkenes (E-6) goes along fjords and rivers, and passes mountains before it ends in Kirkenes on the Russian border

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Tana bru is the centre of the Tana municipality.

Visit Tana bru which is near one the best salmon fishing places of the whole Tana river.

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Enjoy your Lapland travel

Many kids dream of a Lapland travel and visiting Father Christmas, but it is something that many parents now bring into reality. With trips to Lapland

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Arctic tourism works in a vulnerable nature. Here are some things to think about.

Arctic tourism needs to take into consideration that Lapland nature can be vulnerable. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has developed ten principles.

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The North cape is major attraction of Lapland

The North Cape is probably the most visited attraction of Lapland.

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Utsjoki Lapland art
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