Municipality of Inari (www.inari.fi)
Urho Kekkonen National Park
The destination is managed by Metsähallitus.
At the Raja-Jooseppi homestead you can explore the grounds of the home that Joosef Sallila from Parkano built for himself and his partner Matilda Lehikoinen in the early 1900s. The Raja-Jooseppi homestead is a nationally valuable cultural heritage area and protected by decree of the Finnish Government.
The site has remained almost unchanged: the buildings have been renovated and the grounds have been kept open. There is also a trench dating from the war (1939 - 1945). The Raja-Jooseppi homestead belongs to the Natura area of Urho Kekkonen National Park, Sompio and Kemihaara.
The Raja-Jooseppi homestead is located on the banks of River Luttojoki, close to the Russian border. Behind River Luttojoki, there is a gorgeous view of the hills on the Russian side. Petsamo was part of Finland from 1920 - 1944, which is why the location of the national border has varied during the lives of Jooseppi and Matilda; for quite a long time, they lived at a distance of one hundred kilometres from the Russian border.
- You may visit the Raja-Jooseppi homestead throughout the year, but the road leading to the homestead is not kept open in winter time. The visit to the homestead and its buildings is free of charge.
- The destination can be visited freely and no frontier zone permit is needed. The shift of the frontier zone has opened the homestead to all visitors. When the soil is unfrozen, you can walk to the Raja-Jooseppi homestead along the road that goes from the border of the Urho Kekkonen National Park. In winter you can ski to the homestead. When visiting the destination, please bear in mind that it is not permitted to visit the frontier zone. Any attempt to do so will raise an alarm and there will be consequences in accordance with the Border Guard Act.
Directions and Maps
- Drive along road no 91 from Ivalo via Akujärvi to Raja-Jooseppi (about 55 km) to the Finnish - Russian border. Before the customs station and the broad space that leads to the station, turn right and continue for about one kilometre along the gravel road that goes to the bank of River Luttojoki. Park the car in the small parking area and walk the rest of the journey (about 300 metres) to the homestead.
- In winter the gravel road is not ploughed but you can ski from the customs station to the Raja-Jooseppi homestead.
By Public Transportation
- You may travel to the Raja-Jooseppi customs station by a coach that travels from Ivalo to Murmansk, and walk or ski the remaining kilometre to the homestead.
- There is a parking area close the Raja-Jooseppi homestead by the border of Urho Kekkonen National Park. There is also a dry toilet in the Raja-Jooseppi homestead behind the cowshed.
- It is prohibited to light a campfire in the area.
Services for the Disabled
- There are no services for the disabled in the area.
This is the webpage www.nationalparks.fi/rajajooseppihomestead