Check out Räisälä village is a traditional lakeside village with a rustic landscape. The area is dominated by mountain landscapes, the largest of which is Suomu Fell, over four hundred metres high.
The first permanent inhabitants of the old Lappish field in Lappiranta were found around 1670. The boat has been a means of transport for water travellers since time immemorial, and the four-penny rowing trip from Räisälä to Kemijärvi was covered in a day. In addition, a passenger boat once operated to Räisälä. In winter, horse-drawn sleighs used to run on the lake's ice.
Today, the only ferry in Lapland operates between Räisälä Lappiniemi and Haaparanta, and in winter an ice road crosses the strait. The shortest route to Kemijärvi is along a beautiful scenic road through the village of Soppela or the longer route through the village of Joutsijärvi.
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