Rugged fell landscapes, magnificent Teno River Valley and unique accommodation options make Utsjoki, situated at the heart of Sápmi, a place without comparison. Local hospitality has long traditions as Scottish Lords started traveling to the River Teno for fishing already in the first half of the 19th century. Ever since the area has attracted travelers seeking for wild arctic nature, the authentic far north and peace and quiet.
Teno River Valley route consists of more than 140 kilometres (90 miles) of stunning views and it is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced cyclists. . The route is paved and there’s hardly any traffic especially between Karigasniemi and Utsjoki. The level of difficulty can be adjusted by increasing the number of overnight stays, choosing an e-bike or by taking a boat ride along the Teno River for part of the journey.
Accommodation is mostly situated in the villages of Karigasniemi, Nuorgam and Utsjoki but there are also some options available along the route. The options vary from hotels to luxury cabins and more traditional cottages, which all have the surrounding stunning views and nature in common.
To make the most of the experience, we recommend combining other activities with cycling. A guided fishing trip at a fell lake and cooking the catch of the day on an open fire is certainly something different. Or how about having a dinner in a traditional goahti while learning about Sámi culture? If you’re more of an adventurer, maybe you’d be tempted to canoe from Pulmankijärvi lake all the way to the Arctic Ocean. The Utsjoki church cottages and Välimaa Sámi farm offer a great way to familiarize yourself with the local history.
Bures boahtin Ohcejohkii! Welcome to Utsjoki!