HIKING, FISHING, SKIING, AND MOUNTAIN BIKING

With a guide, or on your own

Jermy Janin, Visit Finland

Heikki-Sulander, Metsähallitus

Birdwatching

The best time for bird watching enthusiasts to come to Lapland is early summer. The birds are most active while tourists and mosquitoes at their most passive. Fell Lapland is where you can see the northernmost distribution of a number of 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: for instance, very rare in Finland and the most noble of the predatory birds, the gyrfalcon. 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 place to watch birds in Muonio are Kutuniva on the way to Pallastunturi Fells,  the Muonionjärvi Lake birdwatching towers in Muonio village center and at the northern part of the lake in Rukomasaari as well the birdwatching tower in Kätkäsuvanto.

Fishing

Fishing on the long rivers and numerous lakes of Fell Lapland is almost a passion for many anglers. In a small area you can find fell brooks, streams, long rivers and hundreds of lakes. You just have to visit Lapland year after year to get your next new catch. Permits for fishing, hunting and traversing the terrain with a vehicle (Metsähallitus). The most common lake fish are traditionally whitefish, lake trout, pike, vendace, perch, and burbot. The rivers can also give you wild salmon and grayling.

Husky and reindeer safaris

A husky safari can take you on a short exploration of Lapland’s nature to an adventure lasting a few days. Or you can enjoy a peaceful reindeer ride across snowy forests.

Downhill skiing

Fell Lapland has the biggest concentration of ski resorts in Finland. There are two resorts in Muonio, Olos and Pallas, with slopes, ski lifts and 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 in the slope. You can’t find an easier and more diversified place for off-piste skiing in Finland!

Lapland Hotels

Harriniva-Hotels

Cross-country skiing

Lapland provides the best conditions for cross-country skiing, an activity that is almost compulsory for every visitor to wintertime Muonio to try. Indeed, this is why the cross-country skiing trails are so well maintained in the region.

Muonio has over 200 km of lit and unlit cross-country skiing trails with big differences in difficulty. In order to make sure you get the best possible enjoyment from your cross-country skiing; the trip is worth planning in advance.

The length of routes and heights of hills are worth examining carefully. You should also take a look at the weather forecast so you can be prepared for possible changes in weather conditions or strong winds on the open aapa bogs. When getting equipped, it is worth noting the locations of cross-country skiing trail cafeterias, and you will need to pack sunglasses, especially for the bright spring sunshine. Cross-country skiing trail maps are available in every accommodation establishment, tourist information, shops, service station and ski resorts.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is becoming increasingly popular in Lapland. Muonio has several routes suitable for mountain biking. The most convenient routes are the Ratsutie Bicycle Trail, which runs from the center of Muonio to Särkijärvi along the old road, and a-12-kilometer round trip to the foothills of Olostunturi. More varied terrain is on the hiking trail, which runs from Kätkäsuvanto to Mielmukkavaara, and the old road that crosses Sammaltunturi, in the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park.

In Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park cycling is allowed on all the official summer routes marked on the terrain with a few exceptions. Prohibited routes and locations are marked on the terrain.

Soili Jussila, Visit Finland

Mushroom & berry picking

Scientifically proven to have world´s cleanest climate, the region guarantees clean berries and fresh outdoor air. In Muonio you can pick blueberries, lingonberries, cloudberries, cranberries, bog bilberries and crowberries. The easiest mushrooms to be found are the russula, milk cap and boletus. If you are picking mushrooms in the springtime you will also find the morel.

Canoeing

A different way to explore Lapland’s nature is by taking a canoeing trip, occasionally letting calmer rapid waters carry you downstream. Those after the excitement of larger white water sections are recommended to participate in white water rafting excursions arranged by activity programme companies.

Snowmobiling

There are a number of routes to explore by snowmobile around Muonio. If you’re looking for longer distance trips, there are also routes that will take you to Levi, Ylläs, and Enontekiö. Even as a beginner, it is possible to enjoy the nature and scenery on a guided snowmobile safari.

Trail permits are not necessary when exploring around Muonio. If you wish, however, to donate to keep the trails and nature areas in good condition

Excursions & hiking

You can take a hike into the Lappish nature on a trip lasting a day or two, or perhaps even a trek lasting a few weeks. Alongside spring, autumn is the most popular time for hiking. The mosquitoes have gone, the air is neither to hot nor too cold, and in both seasons the nature displays its most colourful splendour. More information on routes can be found online infogis.fi/Muonio

Harri Tarvainen, Visit Finland

Markus Kiili, Visit Finland

Swimming

Beach holiday in Muonio? Unbelievable, but it’s possible. The beach isn’t crowded, the water is clean and refreshing, and the views are incredible. It’s not quite as warm as in the south, but the nightless nights make for a one-of-a-kind experience.

You can find the popular Red Sand beach at Pallasjärvi Lake, located just half a kilometer from the road. The beautiful Pallas Fells face the shore in the distance- a cherry on top for your beach experience here. You can warm up in the wilderness hut located on the beach, and the Kota hut and fire pit are available for use as well. If you’re coming to Lake Pallas by car, the easiest way to get here is to drive to the Hirvaslahti or Pallaslompolo harbor area.

Muonio beach by Lomamaja Pekonen, Lahenrannantie 11
Utkujärvi beach, Kilpisjärventie, about 10 km north of Muonio center

Movement & Fitness

Areas where you can freely train and get active:

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

THE EVERYMAN’S RIGHT

In Finland, nature is not only wild, it’s free for everyone to enjoy, respectfully. The general public’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. We call this “The Everyman’s Rights”, Jokamiehen oikeudet.

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