Sodankylä Travel Guide

Utsjoki, Finnish Lapland / Copyright

( Sodankylä is a village as well as municipality in central Lapland, its municipal shield can be seen on the right side of the bulding )

Sodankylä is located in the heart of Lapland along the E75 Highway and is a village as well as the administrative municipality for the surrounding area. For Lapland standards, the village has a large population of nearly 9,000 and is home to the The Jaeger Brigade of the Finnish Army. Sodankylä has also grown considerably in the past few years with the expansion of the Lapland mining industry in the nearby vicinity. In terms of tourism, its home to some well-known local festivals yet does not offer the same types of winter or summer activities as other notable destinations nearby.

In the map below, you will find practical places to know about for planning a trip and things to do in Sodankylä. Below the map you will find some helpful travel information by clicking on a topic button and scrolling down to read.
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Sodankylä is on the E75 highway between Rovaniemi and Ivalo and so centrally located in Lapland. The only way to Sodankylä is by car or bus as there are no airports or railway stations in the near vicinity. Buses can be taken though from Rovaniemi, Ivalo, Kemijarvi, and Kittila where there are airports or rail connection.

You can see bus timetables and buy tickets and on the Matkahuolto website.
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The village itself is small enough to walk pretty much everywhere, however if you are basing yourself in Sodankylä to explore the attractions in the surrounding area you will indeed need a car, bus, or taxi to reach them.
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Check out the forecast on the FInnish Meteorological Institute for up to date weather in Sodankylä or have a look at the average year-round temperatures in Sodankylä.

(Current weather in Sodankylä)

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  • Cross country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Viewing Auroras
  • Festivals
  • Fishing
  • Swimming

Most typical Lapland winter and summer activities that can pursued are not located the village itself, but instead in the area surrounding Sodankylä such as in Pyhä-Luosto.

Things To Do in Sodankylä

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