The municipality is very sparsely populated, with large wilderness areas. About half the population is Sami. Reindeer husbandry is important both culturally and economically. The border trade with Norway is important and social ties across the border common.
The second most important village is Nuorgam, some 50 km north-east from Utsjoki. Nuorgam is the very northernmost point of Finland – and of EU.
The third village is Karigasniemi (Sami: Gáregasnjárga) in the west, also by the border to Norway.
Practically, the only way to get to Utsjoki is using the roads; either driving or travelling with the bus (timetables by Matkahuolto). Remember that distances are huge.
One can reach Utsjoki using E75 from the south or either E6 or national road 92 from Norway. E75 via Rovaniemi (with good connections) passes by Ivalo 163 km to the south, with an airport. There are daily coach services.
E6 passes 4 km (3 mi) north of Utsjoki and Nuorgam, on the Norwegian side of the border. There are daily coaches from Rovaniemi via Ivalo, Kaamanen, Utsjoki and Nuorgam to Tana Bru and Vadsø (in summer only?).
The nearest airports are Ivalo (170 km), Kittilä (320 km) and Rovaniemi (450 km) in Finland, and Lakselv (190 km) and Kirkenes (190 km) in Norway.
You can use daily long distance coach services from Rovaniemi (Eskelisen Lapin linjat), the bus with mail from Ivalo (Golden Line) and possibly school buses. There are taxis.
The national roads are in good shape, built as straight lines through the wilderness. Minor roads may be in less good condition, especially in the winter, spring and early summer.
In the winter there are snowmobile routes, which can be used also for longer journeys. Driving outside routes is forbidden, with some exceptions.
- The panorama of the Teno river.
- Northern Lights - Except of the summer time, when nights are light in Lapland, chances are good you'll be amazed by colorful curtains of Aurora borealis silently dancing high above you.
- Hiking in the Kevo Strict Nature Reserve or the Paistunturit, Kaldoaivi or Muotkatunturit Wilderness Area.
- Utsjoki Hiking Trail (35 km as circle trail), starting at Utsjoki nature information hut, mostly above the tree line in open fell areas, via Mantojärvi Church. The highest point along the trail, Roavveoaivi (466 m), offers wide views, e.g. to the snowcapped Rastigaissa fell in Norway.
- Kevo Hiking Trail (64 km) through the Kevo canyon in the Kevo strict nature reserve to Sulaoja near Karigasniemi.
- Salmon fishing in the Teno river, the most important salmon river in Europe. As in salmon rivers elsewhere, this requires an easy to buy special permit in addition to the national fishing management fee.
People coming from the Norwegian side of the border usually head for the Alko store in Nuorgam to buy liquor, because it's far cheaper than in Norway.
Tourists from elsewhere will most probably find some souvenirs more interesting.
- 1 Restaurant Deatnu, Ellintie 25, 99980 Utsjoki, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Weekdays 11:00-22:00, weekend 16:00-22:00.
- Camping Lapinkylä (300 m from Utsjoki centre), ☎ . Open June–September. Café. Fishing trips, fishing licences, fishing equipment rental, salmon weighting, boat rental. Willow grouse hunting trips in autumn and spring, with accommodation at the wilderness areas. Cabin €50–70, caravan €20 (storage €2/day), tent €12.
Visit the nearby village of Tana in Norway.
|Routes through Utsjoki|
|Kirkenes ← Tana ←||N S||→ Karasjok → Narvik|
|Vardø ← Tana ←||N S||→ Inari → Rovaniemi|