Intriguing Ruoppaköngäs rapids hidden in plain sight

Ruoppaköngäs

Ruoppaköngäs area consists of a small Pahikkojärvi lake, rocks surrounding the lake, and a small Kulkujoki river with Ruoppaköngäs rapids, which are somewhat hidden in the forest. Ruoppaköngäs is located close to Muonio-Levi road in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. Ruoppaköngäs is only about 200 meters from the parking lot, but the terrain is not suitable...

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Red sand beach Punainenhiekka in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park

Punainenhiekka Pallasjärvi

Red sand beach called Punainenhiekka in Pallasjärvi lake used to be a secret known only by locals. It is not so secret anymore as it is a popular day trip and overnight destination for hikers at Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. The sand at this beach is reddish brown in color, unlike all other beaches by the Pallasjärvi lake. Punainenhiekka literally translates as...

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Kukkolankoski rapids in Tornionjoki river

Kukkolankoski at Tornionjoki river

The Tornionjoki river, also known as the Torne or simply as the Way by locals, is a major stream flowing almost in its natural state on the border of Finland and Sweden. The river is most famous for being the largest free-flowing salmon and whitefish river in Europe.

The Tornionjoki river is 522 kilometers long,...

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Pulju wilderness area and Puljutunturi Fell provide peace and quiet for hikers

Pulju wilderness area

Pulju is a small village in the north of Kittilä municipality, near Enontekiö. Close to the village there is Pulju wilderness area, where the Puljutunturi fell is located. Pulju means ‘ridge’ in local dialect. The Puljutunturi fell has great views to the Pulju wilderness area and it is easy to reach because of the close promiximity of the road. The road 956 from...

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Hietatievat sand dunes in Enontekiö

Hietatievat in Enontekiö

Hietatievat close to Nunnanen in Enontekiö are sand dunes worth visiting. The dunes form long chains and the area has some vegetation such as juniper bushes that cover the sand but not the formation of the dunes. The dune field is approximately 4 kilometers long and 1,5 kilometers wide. It's an impressive sight that makes you wonder how they were formed.

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Cloudberries are the real gold of Lapland

Cloudberry

Cloudberry (rubus chamaemorus) is a native herb in Finland, growing in bogs, meadows and marshes. The berries are famous delicacy in Finland, known as hilla, lakka and suomuurain in Finnish. A beloved child has many names! I haven't always been a fan of cloudberries, especially when I was younger and couldn't stand mosquitos eating me alive at bogs. Cloudberries also have stones, similar to...

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Fell Lapland Visitor Centre & nature trails in Hetta

Jyppyrä nature trail in Hetta

Hetta is the main village in Enontekiö municipality, which is known for reindeer husbandry. Located in Lapland, Enontekiö occupies a large and very sparsely populated area near Swedish and Norwegian borders. Hetta hosts the Fell Lapland Visitor Centre, which presents the genuine Nomadic Sámi Culture, the diversity of northern nature and the history of tourism in...

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National parks in Finland

Pallas in winter

National parks in Finland are attracting millions of visitors every year. There are 40 national parks in Finland, all of them distinct from one another. Which are the most visited national parks in Finland? What are their special characteristics? When was the oldest national park established? Which is the biggest? Read more to find out which national park you should...

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Kutuniva in Muonio is the place to spot swans in winter

Swans in Kutuniva Muonio

Kutuniva in Muonio is the best place to spot swans and other birds in winter as the birds began to stay there over winter within this decade. Swans and dippers are residing in this area because no matter how cold it gets, this stream stays open.

Kutuniva is literally 'a river of spawn'. A beginning of Jerisjoki river flowing from Jerisjärvi lake is a popular spot for common...

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Snowmobiling in Lapland – Pyhävasa wilderness hut

Snowmobiling in Lapland

Snowmobiling in Lapland is a bucket list thing to do for any petrol head or those who want to really experience Lappish nature in the winter, outside of Hullu Poro. Skiing is of course a nature lover's number one option and snowshoeing comes as close second, but there are somewhat limited number of kilometers that you can cover with them - or at least what I can cover...

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