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 with some fells in the west. It lies at the Swedish border (by Pajala).
The municipality, at the Swedish border (by Pajala), has one of the northern railheads, with overnight trains from southern Finland.
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.
From Helsinki, drive by E75 to the north. Switch to E8 after Kemi.
From northern Norway use E8, road 93 or E75. From E75 you can turn at Sodankylä and continue via Kittilä.
The town itself is small.
- Hotel Kolari, Muoniontie 1 (360 m from the train station), ☎ . Breakfast included. Sauna. Free WiFi. single €85, double €105.