Imagine spending your vacation in the tranquillity of a small village overlooking the free flowing Torne River. At Guest House Tornedalen you get exactly that together with a large portion of unique culture and scenery that will make you come back for seconds.
Guest House Tornedalen is one of these ideas that just kind of get a life of their own. It all started when Gunhild Stensmyr, the owner and also born in the area, found a house in very poor state for sale in Vitsaneimi/Risudden.
It also means that your breakfast bread will be baked by one of your neighbours. That’s about how local and genuine as it gets.
But the location looking over Torne River gave a taste of the potential.
Gunhild herself was about to make a move back to where she grew up and took on the project of carefully renovating the old estate. A few years on – there are now three tastefully renovated buildings true to their heritage located right in the village Vitsaneimi/Risudden in Torne River Valley.
If you take a walk along the road you’re most likely to say hello to the locals instead of other visitors. It also means that your breakfast bread will be baked by one of your neighbours. That’s about local and genuine as it gets.
Green, green and a bit of blue
The location of Torne River Valley is just around the Arctic Circle. Your instinct might tell you that it’s not an ideal summer location, but if you dare to take a leap of faith you’ll be greatly rewarded.
Thanks to the Gulf Stream of the Atlantic summers here are really warm. And Torne River Valley also have a micro climate due to the shallow river that makes this area great for farming – which means that you’re very likely to be served local veggies for dinner.
The landscape explodes in green during summer, and through the greenery cuts the Torne River with clear water and plenty of activities and treats for any keen on fishing.
There is also plenty of culture to explore in the area since the only thing literally separating Sweden from Finland in this area is the river. Shared history and culture across the borders have always been a way of life here.