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Pyhatunturi National Park

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[edit] Overview

This small national park lies just inside Arctic Circle, on the edges of the mountain range that forms much of northern Finland.

The park's main feature is a distinctively shaped, isolated mountain, 540m high, with steep, sides, rocky outcrops and deep boulder-strewn ravines. There are some forested areas but much of the park consists of open moss and sedge fenland, known as "aapa".

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[edit] Notable Species

Birdlife is not particularly varied but there are Rough-legged Buzzard, Siberian Jay and Siberian Tit.

[edit] Check-list

Birds you can see here include:

Rough-legged Buzzard, Willow Grouse, Meadow Pipit, Grey-headed Wagtail, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Siberian Tit, Siberian Jay, Brambling, Northern Redpoll

[edit] Other Wildlife

Mammals present include Elk and Reindeer, Mountain Hare, Red Squirrel and Lemming, Bank Vole, Common Shrew, Red Fox and Stoat.

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[edit] History and Use

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[edit] Areas of Interest

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[edit] Access and Facilities

There are marked hiking trails, tourist lodge and campsite within the park which is easily reached by road, 50km north of Kemijarvi.

The park has an information centre on the Pelkosenniemi road and from here visitors can take a number of trails or a chairlift to the higher areas.

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Content and images originally posted by Steve

[edit] Reviews

tedman's review


  • Excellent access; variety of habitats; good nature centre; attractive scenery


  • Somewhat limited variety of birds; can be crowded

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