municipality in the region of North Karelia in Finland

Tohmajärvi is a municipality in North Karelia, Finland. Kemie is the administrative centre.


Kirkkoniemi and Lake Tohmajärvi

The municipality is located close to the Russian border. The Värtsilä municipality was consolidated with Tohmajärvi in 2005.

Get inEdit

  Visa restrictions:
In response to Russia's war in Ukraine, Russian tourists are banned from entering Finland.
(Information last updated Jan 2023)

Tohmajärvi is located along the Blue Highway (from Mo i Rana via Umeå, Vaasa, Kuopio and Joensuu), the last stretch along national road 9. From Petrozavodsk (Petroskoi) the route goes along the Blue Highway via the 1 Niirala border crossing point in Tohmajärvi.

Get aroundEdit

By taxiEdit

See North Karelia#By taxi

  • Smartphone app (as of 2020): 02 Taksi


Interior of the Saario Power Plant Museum


  • 1 Kirkkoniemi Beach (Kirkkoniemen uimaranta), Kirkkotie (on the shores of Lake Tohmajärvi).


Grocery storesEdit


  • 3 Säästömesta, Kauppakatu 5. M–F 09:00–17:00, Sa 09:00–15:00. A local discount store.
  • 4 Tavaratori, Järnefeltintie 8, +358 400-758-759. M–F 09:00–17:00, Sa 09:00–14:00. A local discount store.




  • 1 Renkitupa, Kirkkotie 14. M–Sa 11:00–19:00, Su 12:00–16:00.
  • 2 Cafe Elja, Rajantie 690 (near the Niirala crossing point), +358 44-491.8513. Tu–F 09:00–15:00.





Many places of business may have Wi-Fi for customers (although it's usually called "WLAN"); ask the staff for details.

For free Wi-Fi and internet terminals, check the 1 Tohmajärvi Library.

Stay safeEdit

  • 2 Tohmajärvi Health Centre (Tohmajärven terveyskeskus), Takkunurmentie 9, +358 13 330 2342. M–F 08:00–16:00. Municipal health centre (taken over by the new organisation 1 January 2023, phone numbers and web site may have changed).

In emergencies, 112 (free from all phones). This includes social services, although for non-urgent matters you could contact the social services directly.

Go nextEdit

Routes through Tohmajärvi
JoensuuHammaslahti  NW   SE  VyartsilyaSortavala

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