Blue Highway (tourist route)

Blue Highway
Route information
Length: 1,800 km (1,100 mi)
Major junctions
Northwest end: Mo i Rana
East end: Pudozh
Countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia
Major cities: Mo i Rana, Storuman, Lycksele, Umeå, Vaasa, Lapua, Viitasaari, Kuopio, Joensuu, Tohmajärvi, Pryazha, Petrozavodsk
Highway system
Transport in Europe

Blue Highway (Norwegian: Blå vegen, Swedish: Blå vägen, Finnish: Sininen tie, Russian: Голубая дорога) is an international tourist route from Norway via Sweden and Finland to Russia.[1][2]


The Blue Highway follows the ancient waterways from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Onega. There are numerous lakes and rivers by the road. Vast areas of taiga forest dominate the landscape,[3] and a section of the Scandinavian Mountains in Norway and western Sweden.

There are rural villages as well as cities and towns by the Blue Highway.

Country Region Sight

Atlantic Ocean
Mo i Rana, a town near the Arctic Circle
Svartisen, the second largest glacier on the Norwegian mainland
Sweden Sweden

Västerbotten County
Storuman, with ski resorts (Hemavan, Tärnaby), the Alpine Botanical Garden (in Hemavan), Vindelfjällen Nature Centre (in Hemavan), Stensele Church (the largest wooden church in Sweden)[4]
The Museum of Forestry,
in Lycksele[5][6]
Lycksele Zoo,
the northernmost zoological garden in Sweden
capital of Västerbotten County on the Ume River

Vaasa, capital of Ostrobothnia
Kvarken, Unesco World Heritage Site[7]
Replot Bridge, the longest bridge of Finland

Southern Ostrobothnia
Alajärvi, architect Alvar Aalto's first and last public buildings[8]

Central Finland
Huopanankoski, one of the oldest fishing rapids in Finland with cultural heritage landscape, located in Viitasaari

Northern Savonia
Lakeland, networks of thousands of lakes separated by hilly forested countryside
Lepikon torppa in Pielavesi, a birthplace of Urho Kekkonen, a former President of Finland[9]
Kolu Channel in Tervo, the longest inland water channel in Finland[10]
Korkeakoski, the longest waterfall in Finland, located in Maaninka
Kuopio, the capital of Northern Savonia by the Kallavesi Lake
Puijo, recreation area, skijumping hill, tower
Tahkovuori, tourist centre by the Lake Syväri
Ohtaansalmi, Treaty of Teusina boundary mark by the Rikkavesi Lake[11]

North Karelia
Lakeland, networks of thousands of lakes separated by hilly forested countryside
Outokumpu, mine museum with tunnel, train and tower[12]
Joensuu, capital of North Karelia on the Pielisjoki River
Pyhäselkä Lake, the northernmost part of the Saimaa lake system

Republic of Karelia
Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe
Valaam, monastery in Valaam archipelago
Petrozavodsk, capital of Republic of Karelia
Kizhi, Unesco World Heritage Site[13]
Lake Onega, the second largest lake in Europe
Kondopoga, Martsialnye vody (Marcial Spa) - the oldest Russian spa, Kivach Nature Reserve
Medvezhyegorsk, i.a. military history tourist attractions, Sandarmokh - the site of mass shootings and burials of victims of Soviet political repressions, White Sea – Baltic Sea Canal ("the Stalin Canal")
Pudozh, Vodlozersky National Park and Onega petroglyphs (rock engravings)

The Development of the Blue Highway


See also


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