Three Nation’s Border Point

Three Nations’ Border Point is in Malla Strict Nature Reserve on an artificial island on Lake Koltapahtajärvi. This is where the borders of Finland, Sweden and Norway meet.

The original border point was erected in 1897 from rocks.

The original border point was erected in 1897 from rocks. According to legend, it took a week for the workers to get enough rocks for the monument. However, their work didn’t survive the ice floes of spring. The current, concrete monument was built in 1926.

In the summertime, you can reach the point with M/S Malla from Kilpisjärvi to Koltalahti. During the short boat ride, you get to admire the fells of Finland, Sweden and Norway. From Koltalahti, you’ll need to walk 3 kilometres.

You can also reach the border point by walking 11 kilometres through Malla Strict Nature Reserve. It’s a demanding hike, but the views along the way are worth it. The terrain is difficult at times and floods can make some of the streams hard to cross.

In the winter, you can ski there, either over Lake Kilpisjärvi or on the Malla trail. Either way, the distance will be about 10 km each way. The ski tracks will be opened in late winter.

You’re free to circle the post – as long as you have nothing to declare. Nordic citizens don’t even need their passports!

Learn more at nationalparks.fi

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