Getting to Tana river is quite easy
Even if it is remote from many places in the world, you'll find getting to Tana river is still quite easy.
Whether travelling by air, car, bus or boat, or perhaps a combination of all four, it is easy to get to the Tana river valley and other parts of Lapland.
With the many possibilities of transportation our guess is that you'll find getting to the Tana river quite easy.
And once in Lapland you can travel by train, bus, plane, boat, taxi, rental car and bicycle. And what
Getting to Tana river by plane
We have many airports in the different parts of Lapland. Many of the major airlines have scheduled
flights through Helsinki to Rovaniemi and Ivalo which is really Karasjok's nearest airport .
Here you can plan your getting to Lapland and the Tana river by air from anywhere in the world
Flight times from Helsinki to Finnish Lapland airport Ivalo about 1.5 hours.
The Finnish domestic airline, Finnair,
offers daily flights to several destinations.
Getting to Tana river valley through Helsinki is a fast choice. From Ivalo you can go to Tana, Karasjok or
Utsjoki by bus or hire a car.
The main airports in Finnish Lapland are Kemi, Rovaniemi, Ivalo, Kittilä and Enontekiö.
Once you are in Finnish Lapland you can proceed from there both to Norwegian Lapland (Finnmark)
and Swedish Lapland by bus or car.
SAS (Scandinavian airlines) flies directly from Oslo to Alta and Kirkenes in Norwegian Lapland (Finnmark).
The flight time is only about 2 hours. Alta is serviced by SAS, Norwegian and Wideroe. Kirkenes is serviced
by SAS and Wideroe whereas the minor airports are serviced by Wideroe.
From these two airports there are flights to 9 smaller airports at Hasvik, Hammerfest, Honningsvåg,
Lakselv, Mehamn, Berlevåg, Båtsfjord, Vardø and Vadsø.
Alta and Kirkenes are main airports with a well-developed network of flights to the outlying districts.
The airports in Finnmark are serviced by Widerøe,Norwegian and SAS Braathens.
You can go to Alta and Kirkenes in
Norwegian Lapland by SAS
Or you can choose Norwegian to the same destinies
Another possibility is to go from Tromsø to Norwegian
Lapland (Finnmark) by Widerøe
What about getting to Tana river on a sea voyage?
An alternatively is to take
the Norwegian Coastal Express
(Hurtigruten) from Bergen to Hammerfest, Kirkenes or Vadsø.
Thus you can
visit many ports along the Norwegian coast. Along the coast you'll have the most magnificent sights.
Hurtigruten stops at 11 ports on the Norwegian Lapland coast(northward bound) This sea voyage
is called the worlds most beautiful voyage
To get to Karasjok, you may disembark at Hammerfest and go by bus from there.
To get to Tana, you may disembark at Vadsø or Kirkenes.
Plan your trip here
Getting to Tana river by train
If you fly to Helsinki, you can take a train up to Rovaniemi and procede from there by bus or hire a car to Karasjok, Utsjoki or Tana.
There are several day - and night trains with sleeper cabins between southern Finland and Lapland.
You can even take your car with you on the train. This way you can sleep and rest as you are
getting to Lapland. Here you'll find out how to go
to Finnish Lapland by train
Getting to Tana river by bus
There are many bus companies that can bring you north from different parts of southern Finland.
In Finnish Lapland several bus companies have a wide network of routes.
At Matkahuolto travel services you will find your bus
The Eskelisen Lapin Linjat
have daily connections to Karasjok, Utsjoki and Tana.
From Tromsø or other places in Troms county you can go by bus to Alta
and then proceed by local buses to
Karasjok and even to Tana
- passing Utsjoki on the E-6.
Getting to Tana river by car
Going to new places by car also means new traffic regulations to learn. Here are a few tips to
contribute to your safe driving in Lapland
The shortest road from Helsinki or Turku to Lapland is the E75 through Lahti, Jyväskylä and Oulu to Kemi
and Rovaniemi. The E75 goes through Finnish Lapland to Utsjoki and across the Tana river. It ends at Vardoe
in Norwegian Lapland.
From Kaamanen you may go to Karasjok.
You can also choose the popular west coast highway E18-E8 and get onto the E75 at Oulu.
Or you can take the nice eastern route E18-6-E63
through Lappeenranta, Joensuu, Kajaani and Kuusamo to Sodankylä were you get to the E75. This route also brings you quite close to the Russian border.
If you come by boat to Helsinki or Turku, you'll find the roads to Lapland in this map.
If you come by boat
to Helsinki or Turku, you'll find the roads to Lapland in this map
Driving Through Norway
When you get to Troms you can enter Norwegian Lapland (Finnmark) by the E-6 to Alta. From there you may take Rd 93 and 92 to Karasjok. From there the E-6 to Utsjoki
Here is a
map of the E75 going up through Finnish Lapland
and into Finnmark.
You get to Swedish Lapland and Finnish Lapland by coming up the Swedish coastal highway E4. Once in
Northern Sweden you reach Lapland by many roads from the E4.
Or you can go by the E45 - the Inland Road
- all the way to Karesuando in Northern Lapland. From there
you can proceed into both Finnish and Norwegian Lapland.
makes getting to Lapland from the south quite easy
Travels documents for Lapland
You'll also need to know what travels documents are need for your Lapland trip. There is one set of rules for citizens of the Nordic
countries, and one set for citizens of the Schengen area. Finally ther is one set for nationals of the rest of the world. Please, check
what travel documents are needed when getting to Tana river
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