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Tornio (Swedish: Torneå) is a city in Finnish Lapland, by the border to Sweden.


Being established in 1621 Tornio is definitely the oldest city in Lapland. Today the city has approximately 22,000 inhabitants. Tornio forms a unique economical zone together with Swedish town Haparanda; the border between the countries is hardly visible. Tornio-Haparanda golf course is probably the only 18-hole golf course on Earth located in two countries, and the nation border runs conveniently right across the modern market square. The town lives strongly from border trade.

The famous Lapin Kulta brewery was established in 1873 but was closed in August 2010, and nowadays this famous brand is made in southern Finland. In 2016 brewing was restarted by Tornion panimo brewery in the same building. Steel company Outokumpu is the biggest employer in Tornio area. Their huge steel mill is located about 8 kilometres south from the town center. Tornio steel mill is not only the world's largest integrated stainless steel mill but also the largest individual consumer of electricity in the Nordic countries. Its employment impact for the region is estimated at almost 8,000 people.

Tornio is mostly summer destination or a place to visit for extensive shopping. While it may be a good place to view the Northern Lights, many things are closed during the winter – without necessarily being advertised as such.

  • 1 TornioHaparanda Tourist Information Office, Green Line, Pakkahuoneenkatu 1, ☏ +358 50-590-0562. 

Get in

Tornio lies by the border, next to Haparanda, at the junction of the roads E4 through Sweden and E8 through Finland. E8 comes down from Tromsø in Norway. E75 is close.

If arriving from Sweden, check Haparanda#Get in and notice the time zone change. Also Norway uses CET.

By car

Most travellers arriving by car either come along the E4 via Haparanda, Sweden, or from the Finnish side via Enontekiö, Kemi or Rovaniemi along E8, for Rovaniemi and Helsinki turning to E8 from E75.

By train

In season VR has a night train from Helsinki to Kolari, which stops at Tornio. The station is named Tornio-Itäinen (Tornio East). More trains stop at Kemi, 30 km away. From there you'll have to continue by bus.

  • 1 Tornio East railway station (Tornio-Itäinen), Häklinkatu 5. (updated Dec 2020)

By bus

From Finland, check Matkahuolto for timetables and fares.

From Sweden, check Länstrafik Norrbotten and Resrobot. Check also for Haparanda, as the bus station is just across the border. A direct expressbus connection from Stockholm to Tornio is offered by Tapanis buss, ticket from Stockholm 870 kr.

From Norway connections are more complicated, as the coaches head for Rovaniemi, and some lines (such as from Tromsø) are seasonal. Check Eskelisen Lapinlinjat.

By plane

The nearest airport is Kemi-Tornio 20 km from the centre, where Finnair runs scheduled flights from Helsinki. From there you'll have to continue with the bus service (see Matkahuolto), the nearest bus stop of Kemi airport is named Kemi lentoasema th. Oulu airport is farther away, but the fares are usually cheaper and flights more frequent. From Sweden, fly to Luleå and take the bus to Haparanda-Tornio travel centre.

Get around

The city is small; you can get everywhere by walking. It is also easy to visit Haparanda in Sweden by foot (the border is barely noticeable).

Local transport is available. See route map. There is a route planner for local transport trips.

Demand-responsive service traffic is designed especially for those residents who have difficulty traveling on public public transport or who live outside public transport services. Call-driven service traffic complements the local traffic in the city of Tornio and is open to everyone. The ride is ordered from the driver on the previous visit or at the latest on the working day preceding the need for transport.

By taxi

  • Menevä Tornio, ☏ +358 50-471-0470 (head of office), toll-free: 0800-02120 (booking). Also bookable by app or web. Fixed price based on calculated route and time if destination address given when booking by app or web. Flag fall M–Sa 06:00–18:00: €7, other times and holidays: €7; 1–4 persons €1.00/km + €0.90/min, 5–8 persons minimum €20, €1.60/km + €0.90/min (March 2021). (updated Mar 2021)
  • Smartphone app: Valopilkku, 02 Taksi


  • 1 Church of Tornio. One of the most beautiful wooden churches still in use in Finland. The church was designed and completed by Matti Härmä in 1689, making the building over 300 years old. 
  • 2 Church of Alatornio. Classic church designed by Jacob Rijfin and completed in 1797. The church is part of the Struve Geodetic Arc, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
  • 3 Orthodox Church of Tornio. An orthodox church completed in 1884 and dedicated to apostles Peter and Paul. Open during the summer. 
  • 4 Kukkola Rapids. Few kilometres long cascade of rapids in the Torniojoki river, some 14 km north of the town. The village has maintained its fishermen culture which probably dates back to the 13th century. Local way to catch fish is by dipnetting (Finnish: lippoaminen). The varrassiika, whitefish roasted on a spit by an open fire is a local delicacy. The fishermen village is included to the list of nationally significant built cultural environments. 
  • 5 Arboretum Park. An excellent teaching and observation area. No entrance fee. 
  • 6 Historical Museum of Tornio River Valley (Torniolaakson maakuntamuseo), Torikatu 4. A visit to the museum gives a good overall impression of the history of the entire Western part of Lapland. Entrance fee: €2-4.. 


  • 7 Smeds Gold & Silver Gallery, Kemintie 6. Silversmith Jorma Smeds forges traditional Lap Silver using hammer and an anvil. 
  • 8 Jaur Showroom, Teollisuuskatu 8. Open M-F 12-16.30.. A design gallery which presents the internationally renowned artefacts of Eero Hyrkäs. Free entrance.. 
  • 9 Aine Art Museum (Aineen taidemuseo), Torikatu 2. Open Tu-Th 11-18, F-Su 11-15.. The art collection presented in the museum is from the Aine Visual Arts Foundation collection. Entrance fee: €4, children for free.. 
  • 10 Postelli Paula Salminen, Niemeläntie 2. Workshop is located by the sea in Laivaniemi 10 km from Tornio. 


  • 1 Alkunkarinlahti Nature Trails. A bird reservation site with three observation towers, covered trails and a campfire site. A must-see for a bird-watcher! 
  • 2 Bothnian Bay National Park (Perämeren kansallispuisto). A group of islands lying far apart from each other; a characteristic view for Perämeri National Park! Many different bird species are nesting in the park and seals can be seen in the waters. A great experience for anyone enjoying swimming and sunshine! Only reachable by boat or, parts of it in winter, over the ice. A few tour companies offer cruises, paddling or skiing tours etc. 
  • 3 Arctic Iceroad Production, Hallituskatu 9, ☏ +358 40 555 8529. A wide range of programme services. For example guided tours with an authorised guide, guided fishing and hunting tours, extreme and survival adventures, rally and off-road safaris. Also equipment rental, bicycles, skies, ice skates and canoes. 
  • 4 Green Zone Golf. A unique golf course in the golfing world. The border is crossed four times during the game and you have the possibility to make a hole in one across the border on the sixth hole. The time difference between Finland and Sweden is one hour so it takes an hour to hit the green! In the middle of the summer the sun shines 24 hours a day so you can play even during the night. 
  • 5 Hovilompolo, Husantie 4, ☏ +358 40 531 9353. Situated 23 km north of Tornio. A traditional country manor with a large courtyard, terrace, a smoke sauna and a Lappish tent. A rental cottage for sunny summer days! 
  • 6 Nordic Safaris, Koskitie 130, Kukkola, ☏ +358 40 755 1858. River and white-water rafting safaris with rubber and rowboats in the summer. During winter time snowmobile safaris to Sampo Ice breaker and Snow Castle. 
  • 7 Traffic park for children, Juhannussaari, ☏ +358 40 776 5852. Open every day during summertime at 11-17 closed in case of rain.. Summer fun for children. The park is situated in Tornio, close to the water tower. 
  • 8 Kotieläinpiha Tara. Domestic animal farm in Arpela, 20 km from Tornio. Riding tours and camps. Open all year round. 

The hot summer days can also be spent swimming in the cool Tornio river, lake Karsikkojärvi or in the beautiful island of Seskarö.


  • Twin City Festivals. Northern town atmosphere and top artists mainly from Finland and Sweden
  • Kalott Jazz & Blues. A yearly jazz and blues festival. 
  • Rajasoitto. Folk music, folk dance and accordion festival. 
  • Peräpohjola Historical Market. A market event that takes us to the 1800s. 
  • White fish festival and Kukkolafästit. Old traditions and culture are cherished on in the Kukkola villages on both sides of the river. 
  • Midnight Sun Golf Marathon. Four days and three nights of golfing; an exciting competition between teams. 
  • National Sauna Day. Enjoy sauna, music and good company at Kukkolankoski. 
  • Art Bazaar. An art event that was first organised in 1991 at Aine Art Museum. Artists from both Finland and Sweden
  • New Year Celebrations. The new year is celebrated on the border with double fireworks! As Finland and Sweden are in different time zones you can celebrate the arrival of the new year in Tornio, then cross the river and celebrate it again one hour later in Haparanda


  • 1 Rajalla - På Gränsen. Next to the Swedish border, the name of Tornio's largest mall translates in both languages to "on the border". 
  • 2 IKEA Haparanda Tornio, Norrskensvägen 2, 953 36 Haparanda. The World's northernmost IKEA is just 600 meters off the border in Sweden, and – to be honest – probably the most popular reason to visit Tornio. (updated Mar 2021)



  • 1 Kisälli, Urheilukatu 6, ☏ +358 10 343 4491. Lunch M-F 11-13. During summer time only café and bakery open 9-14.30. Catering student training establishment. À la carte, café and bakery. 
  • 2 Subway, Rajalla - På Gränsen Shopping Centre, Länsiranta 10, ☏ +358 50 582 3331. M-F 12-20, Sat 10-19, Sun 12-18.. French bread and salads. 
  • 3 Cafe Picnic (in the shopping mall Rajalla-På Gränsen). Lunch delicacies: French bread, salads, pasta, soup. 
  • 4 Tasty Fast Food, Laivurinkatu 5, ☏ +358 16 480 150. Mon 11-20, Tu-Th 11-22, Fri 11-4.30, la 12-4.30, su 12-20. Lunch M-F 11-15.. Chinese, Italian and Thai food and pizza. 
  • 5 Grillikioski Kukkolankoski Catering, Koskitie 4, Kukkola, ☏ +358 40 730 1524. Open in the summer Su-Th 7-22, F-Su 7-02. Delicacies from Peräpohjola: salmon soup, smoked fish, reindeer, grilled white fish. 
  • 6 Meerin Grilli, Länsiranta, ☏ +358 16 480 430. Su-Tu 10-02, W-Th 10-04.30, F-Su 10-06. Delicious grilled food. 
  • 7 Turkinpippuri, Laivurinkatu 10, ☏ +358 16 611 116. M-Th 10.30-22, F-Su 10.30-4.30, Sun 12-22. Kebab and pizza 


  • 8 Golden Flower, Eliaksenkatu 8, ☏ +358 16 481 384. Mon 11-18, Tu-F 12-20, Sa-Su 12-22. The first Chinese restaurant in Tornio. Chinese food and pizza. 
  • 9 Umpitunneli, Hallituskatu 15 (right on the western bank of Tornio river), ☏ +358 16 430 360. Mo, Tu, Th 15-22, We-Fr 15-04, Sa 13-04, Su 13-22, food served until 22:00. A bar and steak restaurant with outdoor and indoor seating. The decor is Mexico-themed, but the menu is not. If you're hungry, order the XXL-burger! They have live music performances on weekends. 
  • 10 Saigon, Kauppakatu 13, ☏ +358 16 430 565. Mon 10.30-19, Tu-F 10.30-22, Sa-Su 10.30-22. Lunch M-F 10.30-19. A Vietnamese restaurant. 
  • 11 Tornio Kerhoravintola, Puutarhakatu 9, ☏ +358 16 482 201. Lunch M-F 11-15. À la carte M-F 11-21, Sa-Su 12-21. 



Coffee houses

  • 1 Arnolds Bakery & Coffee Shop, Rajalla – På Gränsen shopping mall, Länsiranta 10, ☏ +358 45 230 7222. M-F 9-20, Sat 10-18, Sun 12-18.. Doughnuts, bagels, smoothies and other delicacies. 
  • 2 Café Aine, Torikatu 2, ☏ +358 50 597 1189. Tu-Th 11-18, F-Su 11-15. The coffee shop is situated in Aine Art Museum. 
  • 3 Karkiainen, Länsiranta 9, ☏ +358 16 480 669. M-F 8-18, Sat 10-17, Sun 12-17. Coffee house and restaurant. Lunch 11-15. Bakery products for sweet teeth. 
  • 4 Lappelill Viihdekahvila, Länsiranta 9, ☏ +358 40 184 0104. M-F 10-20, Sat 12-20. A cosy cafeteria near the shopping centre. 
  • 5 Myllynpirtti, Koskitie, Kukkola, ☏ +358 16 472 044. June-August M-Th 9-22, F-Sa 9-24, Sun 10-22. Coffee house and restaurant. 
  • 6 Pitoporras, Hallituskatu 14, ☏ +358 16 430 321. M-F 7.30-17, Sat 9-14. 
  • 7 Robert’s Coffee & SpiceIce, Rajalla – På Gränsen shopping centre, Länsiranta 10, ☏ +358 400 114 790. M-Sa 10-20, Sun 12-19. 

Bars, Pubs and Night Clubs

  • 8 Blues Station, Länsiranta 9, ☏ +358 40 171 5198. 
  • 9 Pikku Berliini, Hallituskatu 11. A German-style pub. 



  • 1 Summer hotel Lappia, Urheilukatu 6, ☏ +358 10 192 049. Situated in Tornio centre. In June-July the students apartments are rented for travellers. The rooms have a toilet, shower and cooking facilities. Bookings M-F 8-16. 
  • 2 Camping Tornio (Situated 2,5 km south of Tornio centre.), ☏ +358 16 445 945. Open 3.5-30.9 (closed in Midsummer 25.-26.6.) 15 cottages, 60 camping places with electricity for caravans and campers. A beautiful beach and riverside sauna. Rental boats. 


  • 3 Peräpohjolan Opisto, Kivirannantie 13-15, ☏ +358 40 536 4423. Situated 2,5 km north of Tornio. 30 rooms with a toilet and shower. Cooking facilities and washing machine. 
  • 4 E-City Bed & Breakfast, Saarenpäänkatu 39, ☏ +358 16 480 897. Situated in Tornio centre, by the beautiful Tornio river. 


  • 5 Tornion Kaupunginhotelli, Itäranta 4, ☏ +358 16 433 11. Situated in Tornio centre by the river. 98 rooms with shower and toilet, telephone, tv and wireless Internet connection. 5 different restaurants and a sauna compartment. double room €131. 

Go next

  • The Swedish town of Haparanda is situated at the other side of the border.
  • In the other direction the city of Kemi is less than half an hour away by bus or car.
  • To the north is Tromsø, Norway via Kilpisjärvi along the Tornio River, or Nordkapp, Norway via Rovaniemi and Ivalo on another route.

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