After 130 km from Rovaniemi, almost halfway to Ivalo, Sodankylä (8,000 inhabitants) is almost a capital in the heart of the impressive Lappish countryside. Very useful to make a stopover before prolonging your trip to the north. Historically, Sodankylä was already an important crossroads for the Saami communities at the beginning of the 16th century. To see the beautiful wooden church. The region is also a prime natural site.

If you are there in mid-June, take the opportunity to visit the Midnight Sun Film Festival, a film festival launched by the Kaurismäki brothers. More info on

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