Kurjenpolvi Graveyard

The emblem of the historical sites managed by MetsähallitusThe Kurjenpolvi cemetery served as burial ground, at least in the 1600s and 1700s. Both Sámi people and people of southern origin were laid to rest here, by the banks of the mighty River Ounasjoki. The ancient burial structures made of timber are still visible as depressions, reminding us of previous generations stretching back into the past.

Final Resting Place by River Ounasjoki

Location of the Kurjenpolvi Graveyard in FinlandLocation: Western Lapland, Kittilä (www.kittila.fi)

Address: Koirasuvannontie 45, 99100 Kittilä

Visit: Summer and autumn are the best times of year to visit the Kurjenpolvi graveyard. There is no entrance fee. The site is not staffed and there is no winter maintenance.

Sights and Activities: Visit the local graveyard representing the Christian burial traditions of western Finland and enjoy the tranquillity of the River Ounasjoki's low, open landscape. The dead were buried in timber frames built into the ground. Today, the graves are visible as depressions in the ground.

Services: Information board

Suitability: An easy-to-reach destination with a special atmosphere. The destination is not, however, suitable for disabled visitors.

The address of this page: www.nationalparks.fi/kurjenpolvi

The site is managed by Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland, Lapland.

Customer Service

Yllästunturi Visitor Centre Kellokas
Tel. int. +358 206 39 7039
kellokas(at)metsa.fi

Excursionmap.fi: Kurjenpolvi Graveyard

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