HIKING, FISHING, SKIING, AND MOUNTAIN BIKING

Guide tours or on your own

NATURE’S HOLIDAY PARADISE

Go outdoors! Feel the thrill of mountain biking, river rafting, snowmobiling and husky sleigh riding. If you’d like to take it slow, try canoeing or berry picking. Excursions and tours are an easy way to see and feel nature in Lapland. The eight different seasons of Muonio have something to offer to everyone. Relax and delight in the views.

Birdwatching

The best time for bird watching in Lapland is in early summer. This time of the year the birds are really out and about, and luckily mosquitoes are not. Fell Lapland is where you can see the northernmost distribution of many bird species. The most common birds in the region are the bog lark, willow warbler, Siberian tit, Siberian jay and the northern wheatear. Muonio is also home to a number of birds of prey like the gyrfalcon – the most noble of predatory birds. The population of eagles is the largest in Finland. Another special species seen in the region is the grey wagtail. The provincial bird of Lapland is the bluethroat.

The best places to watch birds in Muonio are Kutuniva on the way to Pallastunturi Fells; the Muonionjärvi Lake birdwatching towers in Muonio village centre and at the north end of the lake in Rukomasaari; as well as the birdwatching tower in Kätkäsuvanto.

Fishing

Fishing on the long rivers and numerous lakes of Muonio is a real passion for many fishers. In a small area you’ll find fell brooks, streams and over 200 lakes and long rivers. The Muonionjoki River is the longest free-flowing river in Europe and one of the finest salmon rivers.

Fishers return to Muonio year after year for the next catch. The most common types of lake fish are whitefish, lake trout, pike, vendace, perch, and burbot. You can also catch wild salmon and grayling. Permits for fishing, hunting and traversing the terrain with a vehicle are needed. See Metsähallitus

Watch an excerpt from our traditional fishing programme

Husky and reindeer safaris

Breathe in the clean air of Lapland as your ride with the huskies or relax on a sled as the reindeer guide you across snowy forests. We have short excursions and multi-day trips.

Downhill skiing

Fell Lapland has the biggest concentration of ski resorts in Finland. There are two resorts in Muonio, Olos and Pallas. They both offer ski rental services. In Pallas, the soil of the slopes is not mechanically treated which makes skiing as natural as possible with all the mounds and shapes intact. This is the place to ski whether you’re into snowboarding or off-piste! These amazing fells are also favourites for paragliders.

Lapland Hotels

Harriniva-Hotels

Cross-country skiing

Lapland provides the best conditions for cross-country skiing. The cross-country skiing trails are truly well maintained and welcome you to give a go at this popular pastime of the north.

Muonio has over 200 km of lit and unlit cross-country skiing trails of various levels of difficulty. To make the most out of your cross-country skiing experience, it’s worth planning in advance.

Make sure you check the length of your route and height of hills. You should also take a look at the weather forecast so you can be prepared for possible weather changes or strong winds in the open aapa moors. When you’re getting ready for you trek, check where the cross-country skiing track cafes are. Take sunglasses, especially for the bright spring sunshine. Cross-country skiing track maps are available at hotels, tourist information points, shops, service stations and ski resorts. See ski track emap.

Mountain biking

How about a village to village bike tour with magnificent views? Muonio has several mountain biking trails. The most convenient routes are the Ratsutie Bicycle Trail which runs from the centre of Muonio to Särkijärvi along the old road, and a 12 km round trip to the foothills of Olostunturi. You’ll find more variable terrains on the hiking trail which runs from Kätkäsuvanto to Mielmukkavaara, and the old road that crosses Sammaltunturi, in the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park.

In the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park cycling is allowed on all the official marked summer routes. There are a few prohibited routes and locations that are marked in the terrain. Read more about the trails and routes

Biking up to the Taivaskero Fell top is quite an experience. See video Taivaskero by bike

Soili Jussila, Visit Finland

Mushroom & berry picking

Muonio has the cleanest climate in the world, according to scientists. Breathe in freshest air and pick the cleanest berries: blueberries, lingonberries, cloudberries, cranberries, bog bilberries and crowberries. Easy to find mushrooms are the russula, milk cap and boletus. If you are picking mushrooms in the springtime you will also find the morel.

Canoeing

Take the plunge into pure waters of Muonio. Let the downstream carry your canoe. If you’re after more excitement and faster rapids, we recommend white water rafting excursions.

Snowmobiling

Did you know that Muonio has the most snowmobiles per inhabitant in Finland? The snowmobile is a great form of transportation and an important tool for many residents in everyday life. Our long and snow guaranteed winters and the extensive network of managed snowmobile routes allow you to move around in nature with the snowmobile throughout the snowy season. Please note, that sledging is only allowed on marked snowmobile routes and trails. Trail permits are not necessary when exploring around Muonio. However, you can make a donation to keep the trails and environment in good condition. Even as a beginner, you can enjoy nature and the scenery on a guided snowmobile safari. See snowmobile routes on emap.

Excursions & hiking

Hike into the Lappish wilderness and leave the city behind. Take a day trek or a longer one from two days to two weeks. Summer is of course a popular hiking season, however, in autumn the mosquitoes have gone and the air crisp. Whichever season you choose you’ll be delighting in the views and nature.​ More information on routes.

Harri Tarvainen, Visit Finland

Markus Kiili, Visit Finland

Swimming

A beach holiday in Muonio? Who would’ve thought it. What you get is a quiet beach, clean and fresh water and of course the views are incredible. It’s not quite as warm as in the south, but the white nights and midnight sun make it a truly unique holiday.

Walk along a beautiful forest path to the Red Sand Beach and dip your toes into the Pallasjärvi Lake. Rest your eyes on the grand Pallas Fells reflecting on the lake surface. You can warm up in the wilderness hut on the beach. There is also a lean-to or Kota and a fire pit for use. If you’re coming to Lake Pallasjärvi by car, you can park in the Hirvaslahti or Pallaslompolo harbour area.

More beaches: Muonio beach, Lomamaja Pekonen, Lahenrannantie 11 and Utkujärvi beach, Kilpisjärventie, about 10 km north of Muonio centre

Sport & Fitness

Sports areas where you can train and exercise:

Muonio Sports Track and Athletic Field, Opintie
Muonio Hockey Rink and Tennis Field, Opintie
Muonio Parkour and Skate Park, Opintie
Kiela Activity Playground, Kilpisjärventie 15

Markus Kiili, Visit Finland

Northern lights

The probability of seeing the Northern Lights dance in Muonio is high from late August until well into late spring, as we are located directly under the aurora oval which circulates the earth’s magnetic poles. Statistically, the Northern Lights can be seen every other night without major events in the sun. When the sky is clear, dusk turns into the darkness of a night, the Northern Lights begin their amazing dancing softly across the starry winter skies. During stronger Northern Lights storms, the time window can stretch from 4:00 p.m. to 7 a.m. When the Northern Lights appear in the sky, they usually thrive admirable for 10-30 minutes. The original source of energy for the Northern Lights is the Sun, although the Northern Lights themselves are generated in the upper atmosphere of the Earth at an altitude of about 100–200 kilometres.

Dress warmly and find a sufficiently open place with minimal light pollution where you can look towards the northern sky! Also, be sure to take the camera with you and begin your Northern Lights hunt: only imagination is your limit in interpreting the shapes offered by the Northern Lights!

Everyman’s Right

In Finland, nature is not only wild, it’s free for everyone to enjoy, respectfully. The everyman’s right allows an access to anyone living in or visiting Finland the freedom to roam the countryside, forage, fish with a line and rod, and enjoy the recreational use of natural areas. While our national parks are safe to roam, for the protection of the fragile nature and for your comfort, we recommend always staying in the marked trails and campsites. Please tread carefully, take only pictures and leave only footprints. Remember not to go near someone’s private property and keep out of restricted areas which are there to protect vulnerable environments and wildlife such as nesting birds. Otherwise, enjoy! Our beautiful nature is for everyone to explore.

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