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Lemmenjoki National Park 

Lemmenjoki National Park. Photo: Jouni Klinga
Location of Lemmenjoki National Park
Northern Lapland Region
Municipalities of Inari (www.inari.fi) and Kittilä (www.kittila.fi, in Finnish)
Area: 2860 sq.km. Established in 1956 (extended twice).
The area is managed by Metsähallitus.
The Emblem of Lemmenjoki National Park - wolverine

Lemmenjoki National Park is a dream destination for someone who enjoys trekking. It is the largest National Park in Finland, and also one of the whole Europe’s most extensive uninhabited and roadless backwoods. In the basic zone of the National Park and in the gold area, there are marked trails, open wilderness huts and rental huts, and campfire places, to make hiking easier. A boat trip in the wilderness-like valley of Lemmenjoki River is an experience in itself.

Lemmenjoki National Park borders on Övre Anarjokka National Park (Norwegian, dirnat.no) in Norway. In addition to nature conservation, the park is also important to wilderness trekking and reindeer herding.

In the landscape of the National Park, great rivers alternate with forest, fell and mire areas in between them. The northern location of the National Park can be seen in the large birch forests covering the highest hills and the edges of the bare felltops. The northern limit of the Spruce (Picea abies) forests runs in the southern part of the park. The reasonably permanent populations of the Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) and the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) indicate the wilderness-like nature of the National Park. The Moose (Alces alces) population is abundant, considering the arctic conditions of the Northern Lapland.

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Last updated 10/25/2013

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