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Address: Norvajarvi, Rovaniemi 96100, Finland
Phone Number: 00358163481049

German soldiers’ cemetery at Norvajärvi, 18 km north of Rovaniemi.The...

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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In any season the silence gives pause to thought of time of place amidst the beautiful nature of the German soldier's cemetery by this artic lake near Rouvaniemi. Most are not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Lahti, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been here 4 times and every time it has been a place where you stop and start thinking, thinking about the madness of the war and also the soldiers who have their names on the plates here. Very touching place at the Norvajärvi lake. Some 400 meters away from car parking.

Thank Jukka L
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In any season the silence gives pause to thought of time of place amidst the beautiful nature of the German soldier's cemetery by this artic lake near Rouvaniemi. Most are not aware of WWII history and the Finn's unavoidable dance with the devil in Lappland. As Santayana reminded us...let us not forget the past. I visited the winter before the... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

This ts a real hidden treasure of Rovaniemi, located in the middle of nowhere, from the parking, you must walk through the forest about 500 meter, then you will find an amazing view of the Norajavi Lake with the tall iron cross on the shore. If you just walk into the building, you should bring along the flash light with... More 

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Turku, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

In my opinion this place is a hidden gem. It is only possible to access it by car, so it is not full of tourists. Also it might be a bit hard to find since the signs are not necessarily the most visible ones. The cemetery itself is located in a forest by the lake Norvajärvi, so you will also... More 

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Sinsheim, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

When we were visiting we were told at the tourist office that the paths would not be maintained and that it might be difficult to get there. However the paths were in quiet good shape and with warm clothing and winter boots it was no problem to get there. It is a WW2 memorial right on a lake. A hall... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Stunning setting about 15kms outside of the town. Definitely need your own car. The Cemetery is set next to a lake - very Teutonic in style, and therefore very different to the Commonwealth War Graves that we are more familiar with. We realised that we didn't know the detail about Finland in WW2 so our visit prompted some searching for... More 

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Rovaniemi, Finland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

This is a great place to visit if you like history (or are of German descent). This is a Cemetary, so in spite of the place being very beautiful, it is also rather spooky, but inside and outside. I wish i could give this beautiful place more stars, but I just don't see it being more interesting than "Average". P.S.... More 

Thank Alexander K
Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

The cemetery is located outside Rovaniemi town and it is only possible to visit this place by car. We visited the place in Autumn, IMO the best season in Lapland. The path leading from the parking place to the cemetery, around 500m, goes through some woods: Do not miss on the right hand side of the path the massive ants... More 

Thank Guillaume D
Rovaniemi, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The German soldiers cemetery next to the Norvajarvi lake in Rovaniemi, is a beautiful place to visit. Only takes about 15 minutes to drive from Rovaniemi centre.

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Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

After a short walk into the forest you end up entering this beautiful site next to the lake. The architecture is very austere, plain and minimalistis and maybe therefore so striking. You might still see fresh flowers just brought in by the German relatives who have just visited this far to see the memorial for their loved ones who lost... More 

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