Regional Council launches a study on an East-West train connection in Lapland
As part of a study, the Regional Council of Lapland is investigating a possible train connection from Sodankylä via Kittilä on to Ylläs. This connection could benefit tourism, mining and forestry. Extending the railway line across northern Sweden to Narvik is also part of the discussion.
A longer version of the line from Kemijärvi to Kolari is also being considered. Last year, the Lapland Regional Council rejected the construction of a railway line between Rovaniemi and Kirkenes after reindeer herders protested and the Finnish authorities also felt that this connection was not economically viable.