Germans in Ounasvaara – A historical tour of the landscapes of the Continuation War

Ounasvaara is known as the hub for sports and recreation in Rovaniemi but did you know that between 1941 and 1944, it was also the site of a barracks camp used by the German military, especially the German Air Force Luftwaffe?

This walking tour takes you virtually or physically to see the remains of the German wartime camp in the Ounasvaara and Lähteentie areas. The route is 4.2 kilometres long and takes about three hours to get around on foot. The route and locations of the sights along the route and their descriptions and photos can be found in this service.

We recommend visiting the sites located in the forest during the time of year when the ground is free of snow, as some of the remains are easily covered under the snow. A section of the route also overlaps a cross-country ski track, where walking is prohibited during the skiing season.
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