German Soldier s Cemetery
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German soldiers’ cemetery at Norvajärvi, 18 km north of Rovaniemi.The mausoleum is the resting place for more than 2500 Germans who fell in the Second World War. Open to the public April-September. At other times by special arrangement.
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justin o
Vienna, Austria70 contributions
Nov 2019
Yes we have all heard about the Second World War but this memorial is to a part that at least I wasn't familiar with. The dealings between Finland, Germany and Russia are the backdrop to the existence of this memorial/cemetery and an important part of the recent history of the area.
Written 22 November 2019
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seijak213
Rovaniemi, Finland5 contributions
Aug 2019
Beautiful and interesting place to visit, walking distance (800 meters) from parking place. Walk along the beautiful Finnish forest path is nice and calming experience. The impressive building is located by a beautiful lake.
Written 9 September 2019
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Cat L
Paris, France650 contributions
Sep 2018
The area was very nice and the walk to the cemetery was relaxing, but the actual site which is a dark building was really dark and grey, which I suppose is the standard for German cemetery. The forest and lake and surrounding area is more of the attraction! They have a nice beach area right next to the cemetery and it has a smoke sauna and wood hut with fire pit and toilets. The large amount of graves in one small place is very saddening to see.
Written 30 September 2018
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TravelnurseUSA
Spartanburg, SC616 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
As we have traveled around Europe, we have taken the opportunity to visit as many military cemetery's as we can. We have visited American, Canadian, British, and German cemetery's and always come away with a sadness that so many perished.

This cemetery is located at the end of a road that has a parking lot for visitors. After leaving the lot, it is about a 10 minute walk to the cemetery. What struck us about this cemetery was the remoteness and what we perceived was it's isolation.

The walk is on flat ground and not at all strenuous.
Written 25 August 2018
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SonataArctica
Europe495 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
During the last decades plenty of German tourists visited the Norvajärvi cemetery for the German war dead of the Second World War. Today, according to the guestbook, the visitors are Finnish and Swedish. It seems that the place is being forgotten by the relatives of these 2500 fallen soldiers.
The memorial place is surrounded by the beautiful nature, forest and a lake. It is worth walking some 500 hundred meters from the parking zone and hope that the peace will last forever.
Written 29 July 2018
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heidimva
3 contributions
Sep 2017 • Family
We had couple of hours at our hands while waiting a train at Rovaniemi. Instead of the usual sightseeing we decided to try something different and this was totally worth it.

It takes about 30min drive from Rovaniemi centrum to reach the parking lot followed by 10min walk down the forest path. We had a 4-year-old with us and the walk was suitable for him. He was mostly focused on the blueberries by the path!

The memorial site itself is strikingly quiet. It's dark and cold inside the building and it's at the same time very beautiful and distressing place.

After one year I still remember the exact feelings I went through when visiting the memorial site.
Written 14 June 2018
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wolf3728
Las Vegas, NV1,454 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
Went to the cemetery today by myself. It is very peaceful and beautiful. I know they were the enemy during the war but I think all soldiers deserve respect after they have fallen.
Lucky I had a GPS to find the cemetery.
Written 28 April 2018
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arteducation
Espoo, Finland18 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
This is one of two burial grounds for the remains of German soldiers from WWII. The remains were on Finnish soil, before the Soviets appropriated it from Finland. They were returned to Finland and it is an interesting and tragic story. The place is on a beautiful lake, and attests to the humanity behind the horror. My only tip is make sure you know where you are going. The GPS did not work, and the road sign was turned around so we drove back and forth, until we realized the sign was supposed to point down the side street, not the main street. From there, you will see it--easily. It is about 10-15 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes outside Rovaniemi.I have visited this three times--once in autumn, once in winter, and then again this last June. Summer is the best for the overall location--but other times you will mostl likely be the only person(s) there. Definitely worth going if in the area.
Written 26 July 2017
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Varvara
Maastricht, The Netherlands38 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
The places locates on a coast side of Norvajärvi (there are 2 small fireplaces including one under the roof, as well as a place with woods and toilet near by). So it suitable and worths to come not only in order to visit a memorial but also to enjoy an outdoor day with amazing views
Written 7 April 2017
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pilgrim_gsa
New Delhi, India1,083 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
For war enthusiasts a visit to this cemetery / memorial in Norvajarvi beyond Rovaniemi is a greta experience .
When I traveled in march the lake beside which it is located was frozen so were the pathways to the cemetery but inside it is well maintained with rows and rows of German and Austrian soldiers names who were killed in this area .

There is a guest book which visitors can sign and give comment sand take a brochure or two published in German ad Finnish language .
Outside near the lake is a big cross signifying the memorial .
To travel to this place one can hire Beyond Arctic located in Hostel Cafe Koti who can also take you to some other sites associated with German presence during world war two .
Written 20 March 2017
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