Kurjenpolvi Graveyard

The Kurjenpolvi Graveyard served as burial ground, at least in the 1600s and 1700s by the banks of the River Ounasjoki. Photo: Siiri Tolonen.

The 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: Western Lapland, Kittilä

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.

Instructions and rules: The Kurjenpolvi Graveyard is a fixed relic site, which may not be excavated, covered or damage in any way under the Antiquities Act (museovirasto.fi). Campfires are also prohibited.

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 area is managed by Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland, Lapland.

This is the web page nationalparks.fi/kurjenpolvi