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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Sami sacret site Taatsi seida is a magical place

Taatsin seita above small

Taatsi seida, or Taatsin seita in Finnish, by Taatsi lake is an ancient Sámi culture site where the local Sámi people brought offerings to the gods. It is located in Pokka village between Kittilä and Inari. The seida is about 10 meter high rock structure rising from a lake, and it was believed that a spirit or an elf lived in it. Near seida there is Taatsi church, a...

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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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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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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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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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Pakasaivo, the Hell of Lapland

Lake Pakasaivo located in Muonio, Lapland, is also known as the Hell of Lapland. When we saw a little star on the map with a text "Hell of Lapland", we knew we have to go and check it out! The last 10km before reaching the area really challenged us because the tiny dirt road is not necessarily the most comfortable to drive on. But on the positive side: we did see reindeer in...

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Tepasto nature trail in Kittilä is a home for gnomes

If you happen to be driving by Tepasto village in north of Kittilä, have a little walk at Perhejärvi nature trail. There is a nice few kilometers walk to Kaakkurilampi (kaakkuri=red-throated diver, lampi=pond) and a nearby fire place. You might also encounter some gnomes in this trail!

I went to Tepasto when it had already been snowing a little, but it was still possible to walk in the...

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