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Sompio Natural Park and surrounding area - BirdForum Opus

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This area of north-east Finland consists of birch and pine forest with peatbogs and marshes and open tundra on higher ground. It forms part of the Urho Kekkonen National Park, established in the 1980s.


Notable Species

The uplands have Golden Eagle, Rough-legged Buzzard, Eurasian Dotterel and Rock Ptarmigan, Horned Lark, Snow Bunting and Lapland Bunting and there are Western Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse, Siberian Tit and Siberian Jay in the woodlands.

A particularly good area for waders lies just south of the park at Mutenia, here Broad-billed Sandpiper, Jack Snipe and Greenshank breed along with Ruff, Spotted Redshank and others.


Birds you can see here include:

Whooper Swan, Rough-legged Buzzard, Golden Eagle, Hazel Grouse, Willow Ptarmigan, Rock Ptarmigan, Western Capercaillie, Common Crane, Eurasian Dotterel, Eurasian Golden Plover, Temminck's Stint, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Ruff, Jack Snipe, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank, Common Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, Three-toed Woodpecker, Horned Lark, Meadow Pipit, Red-throated Pipit, Grey-headed Wagtail, Bohemian Waxwing, Red-spotted Bluethroat, Willow Warbler, Siberian Tit, Siberian Jay, Brambling, Pine Grosbeak, Lapland Bunting, Snow Bunting, Rustic Bunting

Other Wildlife

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Site Information

Areas of Interest

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Access and Facilities

The park is rather remote and has to be entered on foot, although the small village of Vuotso is a few km from the park.

There is a tourist hotel in Vuotso which lies on Route 4 about 70km south of Ivalo.

For Mutenia turn east from Vuotso, towards Lokka.

Contact Details

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Content and images originally posted by Steve