• Greg Whiley

GA Sunday - Lapland Resources

Updated: Dec 20, 2021

Airport Information

Kemi Torino (EFKE) Elevation: 62 feet ATIS: 123.15 Runways 18 / 36 Length: 8212 feet Surface: Hard

Rovaniemi (EFRO) Elevation: 633 feet ATIS: 133.70 Runways: 03/21 Length: 9850 feet Surface: Hard VOR/DME: 117.7 ROI

Sodankyla (EFSO) Elevation: 598 feet ATIS: None specified Uncontrolled airfield Runways: 16/34 Length: 4921 feet

Surface: Hard

NDB: 368 SK

Ivalo Airport (EFIV) Elevation: 481 feet ATIS: 123.20 Runways: 04/22 Length: 8202 feet Surface: Hard

NDB rwy 04: 380 TOL

NDB rwy 22: 432 AKU

Rovaniemi Airport is the third-busiest airport in Finland. Santa Claus Village and Santa Park are situated within 2–3 kilometres. The airport is located approximately 8–9 kilometres away from Rovaniemi City centre, meaning that it is not far away from many restaurants and hotels. The busiest time for the airport is in the Christmas season, when many people go on Santa Flights. The Arctic Circle crosses the runway 03 close to its northern end.

The airport is served on a regular basis by Finnair and Norwegian. However, there are many seasonal operators like Aer Lingus, Air France, easyJet, Edelweiss Air, Enter Air, Eurowings, Jet2, LOT, Transavia, TUI and Turkish Airlines that service this destination.

Developer MK-Studios has produced an excellent rendition of this airport which includes high-quality airport buildings, terminal interior, Santa Claus Village, airport satellite coverage, detailed terrain mesh, realistic runway profile, and realistic night lighting. Available on OrbxDirect.

Sodankylä Airport was originally built in the early 1940s, initially as a stopover for flights to Petsamo. A 3,609 feet gravel runway was built in 1971. Today’s asphalt pavement and terminal building were completed in 1989. There were scheduled flights between 1989 and 1996. In the early 2000s there were plans to build a new, longer runway to enable direct charter flights. However, in 2010 Sodankylä Airport was classified as an uncontrolled airfield. Today the airfield serves as a general aviation airfield. The airfield is the home of the rescue helicopter, Aslak.

General aviation aircraft at Sodankyla Airport

Ivalo Airport is located 7 miles southwest from the town of Ivalo. It is the northernmost airport in Finland and in the European Union. Prior to the COVID pandemic it was receiving over 240,000 passengers a year. At the Nordic level, it has the highest number of direct flights to Asia. The airport’s terminal has been designed to offer passengers heading for Northern Lapland a unique experience in service and beauty.