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Subject: Enontekiö, Eskelisen Lapinlinjat, Geography of Finland, Pihtsusköngäs, Roslagsleden
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Finnish border sign on the E8 road at Kilpisjärvi (in Finnish, Swedish and Northern Sami)
Saana near Kilpisjärvi
Kilpisjärvi, looking north towards Norway

Kilpisjärvi (Northern Sami: Gilbbesjávri) is a village in the municipality of Enontekiö, Lapland, Finland. It is located in Finland's northern "arm" near the very northwesternmost point of Finland.

Although Kilpisjärvi is one of the largest villages in Enontekiö, it is still quite small. In 2000 its population was recorded as 114. Like most Sami villages, Kilpisjärvi is built mainly around one major road, Käsivarrentie, or the "Arm Road" and Neljäntuulentie, or the "Four Winds' Road" — also known as E8. Near the Kilpisjärvi is the highest point of Finnish road network, at altitude of 565,8 m.[1]

Kilpisjärvi has its own school and a hotel, and the northernmost research station of the University of Helsinki is situated there, as well as the KAIRA research facility. The best-known tourist attractions in Kilpisjärvi are the Saana fell and the "three-country border point", a monument at the border point of Finland, Sweden and Norway, located at approximately , roughly 2.5 km northwest from the end of Lake Kilpisjärvi. There are a number of hikes and other free things to do and see in Kilpisjärvi.

In the music video for Röyksopp's Poor Leno, Leno's place of origin is listed as Kilpisjärvi.


  • 2015 school fire 1
  • Climate 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

2015 school fire

The building of the Kilpisjärvi school burned down on 3 May 2015. It had been occupied by travellers at the time. The fire started from a recreational vehicle parked next to the building.[2]

The fire destroyed thousands of euros worth of euro banknotes that had been stored at the school. The money had been collected as donations to fund a study trip for the school's pupils, but had been stored at the school because the school staff had been unable to find a bank office capable of depositing the money to the school's bank account. The nearest office of Nordea, where the school had an account, capable of depositing cash was in Rovaniemi, 440 km away from Kilpisjärvi. Nordea has pledged to donate 4000 euros to the school as reimbursement for the lost money.[3]


Climate data for Enontekiö Kilpisjärvi 1981-2010
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −8.2
Daily mean °C (°F) −12.9
Average low °C (°F) −18.0
Average precipitation mm (inches) 50
Source: Climatological statistics for the normal period 1981–2010 [4]


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  2. ^ Vatanen, Panu: Kilpisjärven koulu paloi kivijalkaan saakka, Ylen uutiset 3 May 2015. Accessed on 3 May 2015.
  3. ^ Halminen, Laura: Lappilaiskoululaisten leirikoulurahat paloivat pitkien talletusmatkojen takia – Nordea lupaa korvata tuhannet eurot, Helsingin Sanomat online edition 5 May 2015. Accessed on 6 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Normal period 1981-2010". 

[2] Climatological statistics for the normal period 1981–2010 (PDF)

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • Kilpisjärvi tourist information
  • Tundrea, Kilpisjarvi Holiday Resort
  • Kilpisjärvi school
  • Eskelisen Lapinlinjat, offering daily bus trips to and from Kilpisjärvi

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