Utsjoki

Travel Guide
Utsjoki showing fishing, a river or creek and mountains

The desolately beautiful countryside around this northern Finnish village is a great location to witness the midnight sun and northern lights.

Utsjoki is a quiet village in Finnish Lapland. It spreads along the banks of the Teno River and on the border between Finland and Norway. Encompassed by a wilderness of fells, forests and lakes, it’s a popular place for outdoor pursuits. Enjoy everything from hiking, fishing and mountain biking to cross-country skiing and snowmobiling safaris.

The village itself consists of two main streets lined with a small offering of accommodation options and restaurants. It’s the epicenter of Utsjoki municipality, which is home to Finland’s largest population of Sámi speakers. Consequently, you’ll hear people conversing in the Sámi language as well as in Finnish. Join locals fishing for salmon on the Teno River. Walk across the Sami Bridge and set foot in Norway.

Wander amid open fell along the Utsjoki Hiking Trail, which starts from the village center. Another trail, the Kevo Hiking Trail, travels for some 40 miles (64 kilometers) to Kenesjärvi Lake. Visit historic landmarks, including the 19th-century Mantojärvi Church and the cabin-style Utsjoki Old Village Church, at Mantojärvi Lake.

Just a short drive from the village are two national parks, Kaldoaivi Wilderness Area and Paistunturi Wilderness Area. The rugged mountains and river valleys of these areas present a playground for year-round adventures. Traverse the snow-covered terrain by ski, snowshoe, snowmobile and dogsled in winter. Swim in lakes and explore on foot and bike in summer.

About a 45-minute drive east is the village of Nuorgam, the world’s northernmost land border crossing. Here, the 3.7-mile (6 kilometer) long Skaidijärvi Trail is suitable for both biking and hiking.

Time your visit to coincide with the chance to experience natural spectacles. Be amazed as the sun hovers on the horizon during the midnight sun between May and August. Marvel as the northern lights turn the sky into a kaleidoscope of vivid colors from November to April.

Getting to Utsjoki can take time but is worth the effort. One way is to catch a train to Rovaniemi, from where buses continue to Utsjoki. Alternatively, fly to airports in the Norwegian towns of Kirkenes or Lakselv and then rent a car.

Hotel Utsjoki
Hotel Utsjoki
2.5 out of 5
4 Luossa, Utsjoki, 99980
The price is $95 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this hotel in Utsjoki. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Utsjoki Swimming Pool and Utsjoen Church are located nearby. ...
3.9/5 Good! (29 reviews)
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"Hyvää asiakaspalvelua, ihania ihmisiä! Hotellin kunto jäänyt hieman jälkeen nykyajasta, mutta ajoi asiansa ja hinta-laatusuhteeltaan varsin toimiva ratkaisu."

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2022

Hotel Utsjoki
Hotel Deatnu
Hotel Deatnu
3.5 out of 5
Ellintie 25, Utsjoki, 99980
The price is $112 per night from May 27 to May 28
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Utsjoki. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (54 reviews)
"Kaunis sijainti joen rannalla ja rauhallisen luonnon keskellä. Hyvä aamiainen.Hotelli ja huone kaunista modernia designiä. Olimme tyytyväisiä."

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

Hotel Deatnu
Holiday Village Valle
Holiday Village Valle
3.5 out of 5
Ellintie 25, Utsjoki, 99980
The price is $121 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly cottage in Utsjoki. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions Utsjoki Swimming Pool and Utsjoen ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
beautiful, quiet location
"Arrived to the main water pipe being repaired. Were upgraded to a larger cabin for same price with apologies. Great stay above expectations."

Reviewed on May 28, 2019

Holiday Village Valle
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Holiday Village Valle
Holiday Village Valle
3.5 out of 5
Ellintie 25, Utsjoki, 99980
The price is $121 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly cottage in Utsjoki. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions Utsjoki Swimming Pool and Utsjoen ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
beautiful, quiet location
"Arrived to the main water pipe being repaired. Were upgraded to a larger cabin for same price with apologies. Great stay above expectations."

Reviewed on May 28, 2019

Holiday Village Valle
Nuorgam Holiday Village
Nuorgam Holiday Village
3 out of 5
Nuorgamintie 4401, Utsjoki, 99990
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Utsjoki. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Popular attractions Skaidejavri Lake and Polmak Museum are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (32 reviews)
Beautiful Nature
"It is so beautiful complex with river beach, it is better to go in summer time to use the environment."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2020

Nuorgam Holiday Village
Vacation home Karetörmä in Utsjoki - 6 persons, 2 bedrooms
Vacation home Karetörmä in Utsjoki - 6 persons, 2 bedrooms
Utsjoki, Lapland
The price is $582 per night from May 27 to May 28
Stay at this vacation home in Utsjoki. Enjoy a sauna, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Skaidejavri Lake and Polmak Museum are located nearby. Discover ...
Vacation home Karetörmä in Utsjoki - 6 persons, 2 bedrooms
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