The border between Finland and Russia is a large part of the everyday scene in Nellim. The Virtaniemi border checkpoint is also situated nearby. Located a few kilometres away from the village, the Paatsjoki Bridge offers visitors an impressive view of the river, as well as the guard towers located across the border. The picturesque Paatsjoki River flows from the Inarinjärvi Lake through Finland, Russia and Norway. The river is 145 kilometres long.