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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 with some fells in the west. It lies at the Swedish border (by Pajala).

Get in[edit]

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

By plane[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

The town itself is small.


Church of Kolari, built 1965.






  •   Hotel KolariMuoniontie 1 (360 m from the train station),  +358 16 313 711. Breakfast included. Sauna. Free WiFi. single €85, double €105.


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