Kemijärvi is the northernmost town in Finland. This municipality is located in the province of Lapland and has the population of 8000 (2015).
The beautiful lake Pöyliönjärvi and Finland’s longest river, Kemijoki, flows beside the town. The earliest information of residence traces back to the year 1000 when the Sami inhabited the town area. The first settlement in the region occurred in 1580 by Paavali Ollinpoika Halonen.
This part of Eastern Lapland is famous for its many skiing resorts: Suomu, Luosto and Pyhä, which are all only a one-hour-drive away from the town centre.
There are more than just one options to reach Kemijärvi.
The night train from Helsinki arrives at 9.0 in the morning to Kemijärvi train station, and departs every evening at 19.40. back to the capital city of Finland. On the other hand, the car-carrier wagon comes and departs every Saturday.
The closest airport is located in Rovaniemi, which is also just a one-hour-drive away from Kemijärvi. Short distances are perfect when travellers are taking a Rovaniemi-Kemijärvi tourist bus, and the guide will have enough time to prepare their group for the journey as well.
One unique fact is that there are eight different seasons in Kemijärvi. One can see the seasonal changes reflected in the trees, animals, and even the shadows. You can feel it lingering on your skin, smell its scent and hear its echoes by the lakeside.
One can even listen to nature changing its seasonal cloak, with the cuckoo bird singing, curlew crying quietly in the distance, the whooper swans clap their wings, and so much more.
Eurasian cranes flying in the sky indicates whether its spring-summer, summer or summer-autumn.
The midnight sun blazes as you walk towards the north. If one wishes to have a great view of such phenomenon, the best locations to see the sun are Patovaara, Perävaara and Kostamovaara. The mentioned locations are forested hills that surround Kemijärvi.
As the leaves start to change colour from green to vibrant warm shades of red and yellow, nature tells us we have reached ruska.
Autumn is a good time to head towards the vast forests full of ripe berries and big mushrooms just waiting to be picked.
Winter starts off as dark, bleak and cold, but slowly changes into bright and sunny days during spring time. Only the people who live in Lapland can see and feel the change of eight seasons.
The town of Kemijärvi became well-known in Finland thanks to the famous drama television series Taivaan Tulet.
Taivaan Tulet locations bus tour will take its travellers to the famous film sites. The visitors will get to see the locations up close while the tour guide tells about plot twists, the history of Kemijärvi and travel-related services.
The most notable cultural attractions in Kemijärvi are the Puustelli Art Centre, the Ethnographic Museum and the Snowmobile Museum. View the full list from link above:
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