A Living Backwoods

Feel nature as it was meant to be in the forests of Lapland, far from busy tourist destinations

Do you long to go back to nature?

Come to Sompio and discover the connection our forefathers had with nature, in the forests and fells of Lapland, Finland, far away from big tourist centres. You will notice a sense of wellness in the peace and perfect silence of Lapland’s wilderness. Experience the northern lights and snowy nature as well as the mesmerising midnight sun, in the middle of the arctic wilds. And in Sompio be prepared to spot reindeer anywhere at anytime!

Sompio is situated 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, in Northern Sodankylä, Finnish Lapland. The largest villages in this extensive wilderness area are Lokka and the Sami village of Vuotso. Originally, Sompio was a village where local reindeer herders settled in the snowy midwinter to take care of their herds. During the rest of the year they lived a nomadic life hunting and fishing.

See the Nattanen fells and River Tankajoki

Sompio’s most spectacular natural sights are the pointed Nattanen Fells and the winding River Tankajoki. Canoe down the River Tankajoki to the Sami village Purnumukka and climb to the top of Pyhä (Holy) Nattanen or Terävä (Sharp) Nattanen to see the entire wilderness laid out before you. Look closely at the Visit Sompio logo and you will see the silhouette of the Nattanen Fells!

Pan for gold in Sompio

In Sompio you can go panning for genuine Lappish gold for an hour or even for a month. While digging and panning for gold, you can appreciate the purity and tranquility of Lappish nature and bask in the midnight sun during the summer. In 2019 it will be 150 years since Lapland’s gold rush. By panning for gold in Tankavaara you will become a part of Lapland’s gold rush history. And any gold that you discover while panning, you can keep!

Experience life as the locals do

The Sami people are the only officially recognised indigenous people in the European Union, and Sompio is an ancient Sami settlement. You too can make the most of Sompio’s natural surroundings by fishing, picking mushrooms and berries, watching the northern lights and listening to the silence.

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Rovaniemi airport

Rovaniemi airport (RVN), 96101 Rovaniemi, Finland

Kittilä airport

Kittilä airport, Levintie 259, 99100 Kittilä, Finland

Ivalo airport

Ivalo airport, Lentokentäntie 290, 99800 Inari, Finland



Rovaniemi railway station

Ratakatu, 96100 Rovaniemi, Finland


Ivalontie 5086, 99600 Sodankylä, Finland


99690 Vuotso, Finland


Tankavaara, 99690 Sodankylä, Finland


Lokka Reservoir, Sodankylä, Finland


99690 Purnumukka, Finland

Urho Kekkonen National Park

Urho Kekkonen National Park, Finland

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