The Regions of Sea Lapland
Sea Lapland, with a richly varied past and a highly colourful cultural history, is the most prosperous region in all of Lapland. Due to its location by the sea with its out flowing rivers, trading and travel became very prominent in the region since the early 1500’s, eventually enabling the region to develop into a centre of boundless creativity. The beauty of the unique nature of Lapland In the Sea Lapland region, the three main rivers rich with fish flowing through it, will offer you experiences to be remembered; in the archipelago of the area, where the world’s one and only Cruise Icebreaker Sampo breaks ice and the world-renowned SnowCastle of Kemi decorates the shores, every winter, you will enjoy adventures unlike anywhere else.
Two cities and three communes form the Sea Lapland area: the twin-city TornioHaparanda and the city of Kemi, and the communes of Keminmaa, Simo and Tervola. The three salmon-rivers, the Simojoki, Kemijoki and Tornionjoki, all flowing down to the Gulf of Bothnia, are situated in the region. The various areas in Sea Lapland carry different characteristics, but the heart in each is similar.
Town of Kemi was established in 1869. Kemi, housing the only deepwater harbour in Lapland, is highly competent in addressing the needs of the business sector in the region. The paper mills Stora Enso, Metsä-Group are located in Kemi.
The Cruise Icebreaker Sampo and the SnowCastle, the world-renowned destinations for travellers, are based in Kemi. Kemi offers the cultural services of a big city: the City Theatre, the City Orchestra, the Regional Art Museum, Children’s Culture Centre, the Indoor Swimming Hall Complex and the Ice-Stadium, Indoor Football Ground, Golf Course as well as the internationally rewarded Yachting Centre, are right in the city area. (Source: Kemi)
The commune of Keminmaa is situated in the nooks of the Gulf of Bothnia on both sides of the River Kemijoki. The longest river in all of Finland, the River Kemijoki, flows from here through Lapland all the way to the eastern border to Russia. Keminmaa is an old established salmon parish with roots that go back to the early part of the millennium when Keminmaa functioned as the centre of the so called Lapland of Kemi. Foundations of two churches, found on the mouth of the River Kemijoki, show that there has been permanent settlement as early as in the 1400’s in these areas. St Michael’s Church, built in the 1500’s, is still used for sermons and is open for tourists during the summer season.
Tervola is a Southern Lappish commune situated on both sides of the River Kemijoki up north towards Rovaniemi from the city of Kemi. Little by little along this commune the nature will let you feel you are approaching the Lapland of the North. The history and traditions apparent in this commune, and the friendly people of the area, will make your visit enjoyable while you marvel the unique nature on the shores and fields of the River Kemijoki. Tervola is known as a farming commune with old buildings dating back to the early century, and vast forest areas as well as Northern hills open up the further up in the commune you travel.
In Tervola you will find great opportunities for fishing from spinning and trolling to fly fishing. During the winter you may try your luck in ice-fishing while enjoying the fresh cool air under the ever increasing sun-light, particularly in the spring-time. Summer offers you opportunities for berry-picking or hiking leisurely in the nature and you may even venture for canoeing or boating and rafting on the rapids of the many side-rivers of the River Kemijoki.
Tornio has been a central trading and meeting place of North Calotte since the 17th century. It received its town charter in 1621.
The archipelago's fantastic sand beaches, unspoiled nature and unique wildlife can be experienced by everyone all year round. The Tornionjoki-river is the longest free-flowing river in Northern Europe. The river creates a feeling of solidarity and community. The famous Kukkolankoski rapids (16 km north from the city centre) are an unforgettable experience for the visitors. (Source: Tornio)
The city forms a cross-border twin city together with Haparanda on the Swedish side. Tornio and Haparanda are currently set to merge under the names TornioHaparanda and HaparandaTornio. A new city centre is under construction on the international border and several municipal services are shared. The towns also share a common golf course, situated astride the border. The new IKEA store in Haparanda has signposting in Finnish as well as in Swedish, and all prices are signposted in two currencies. (Source: Wikipedia)
Sea Lapland Race
You can see a glimpse of all the regions and stories of Sea Lapland from the fun video Sea Lapland Race.