Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory


Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory (SGO) is located in central Lapland on the beautiful banks of the river Kitinen, 120 km north of the Arctic Circle and 7 km south of Sodankylä, in a small village called Tähtelä.

Tähtelä Space Campus in Google maps

About Finland:

Finland is a member of the European Union and the local currency is EURO (€). The population of Finland is just over 5 million.

More about Finland: Visit Finland and Lapland Above Ordinary

About Sodankylä:

Sodankylä is one of the biggest local centres in Lapland with a population of about 10,000 and a surface area of 12,400 km2. The most important research organizations located here are the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory, which belongs to the University of Oulu, the Arctic Research Centre of Finnish Meteorological Institute, and the EISCAT station.

More: Sodankylä municipality


The time of the midnight sun lasts from 30th May to 15th July, and the polar night lasts from 19th to 25th December. The mean temperature in January is -14°C and in July +15°C. The snow cover usually lasts from 30th October to 15th May. There are about 150 nights of auroral displays per year and the probability of seeing aurora around the equinoxes is very high - provided the sky is clear.

More about climate: FMI climate statistics 1961-, select Sodankylä
More about weather: FMI past 30 days weather, select Sodankylä

Arrival by public transportation:

By bus: National bus routes and tickets. Bus stop at Sodankylä: bus station (linja-autoasema). By train: VR timetables. Nearest railway station: Rovaniemi. Daily bus connections from Sodankylä. By plane: FINAVIA airports and services. Nearest airport with public connections: RVN (Rovaniemi). Check also KTT (Kittilä) and IVL (Ivalo) options with rental cars.

Last modified: 24 August 2023, 14:19:15.

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