THIS IS MUONIO

Fact and fiction

AN AUTHENTIC LAPPISH VILLAGE IN THE HEART OF THE NATIONAL PARK

Muonio is surrounded by Finland’s most popular national park, Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. Muonio is located at approximately 69 degrees latitude, directly under the Aurora Oval, which is the ring above the Earth’s Geomagnetic North Pole, where the northern lights are visible. During the season, you can witness the northern lights at least every other night. Tourism in Muonio is based on the local nature and culture of the area. We do not have massive tourist destinations; we pride ourselves on being authentic.

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MUONIO TOURIST INFORMATION

Muonio Tourist Information Center

SEO Muonio
Torniontie 6, 99300 Muonio
info@muonio.fi
+358 40 585 1864

Discovermuonio.fi maintanance

Muonion Matkailu ry
Puthaanrannantie 15 B
99300 Muonio
muonio@discovermuonio.fi

Weather in Muonio

Aapo Laiho, Visit Finland

THE WORLD’S PUREST AIR

Breathe in some of the world’s purest air in Muonio. In the world’s dirtiest cities there are almost 600 micrograms of particles in the air, whereas in Muonio, there are only 4 micrograms of particles (WHO). One of the world’s air quality monitoring stations is located in Sammaltunturi, in Muonio. The air quality measured there is exceptional, compared to the other monitoring stations around the world. Important data on the state of the world’s environment (ie. air quality) is obtained from monitoring stations for analyzing purposes.

A WINTER SEASON LASTING 7 MONTHS

 

You can be sure that there will be snow in Muonio for the winter. The ski season begins in the middle of October, with the “first snow trail”, which we make possible by additional-snowmaking processes. The first snow usually falls by the end of October at the latest, and the winter season generally lasts until the beginning of May (Finnish Meteorological Institute snowfall averages).

Valtteri Hyöky, Visit Finland

Markus Kiili, Visit Finland

BEAUTIFUL FELL NATURE

The nature in Muonio is incredibly diverse. We have over 20 fells, as well as many large bodies of water around. The fells and lakes create a breathtakingly beautiful landscape. You can find one of the Finland’s highest peak in Muonio, which means that it’s possible to see pretty far out into the distance from here. Views of sunsets and sunrises are beautiful from these higher peaks. Taivaskero (809 m) is the name of the highest peak in Muonio, and climbing to the top can be done year-round. You’ll find a memorial stone from the 1952 Olympics at the summit. A secondary flame, like the one lit for the Olympic torch, was lit under the midnight sun, and carried by runners through Finland.

OVER 200 LAKES

 

Lakes in Muonio include Jerisjärvi, Särkijärvi, Vuontisjärvi, Kangosjärvi, Liepimäjärvi, Torasjärvi, Utkujärvi, Könkäsenjärvi, Olosjärvi, Kaarantojärvi, Kätkäjärvi, and Muonionjärvi. Our lakes are full of fish, such as sea and river-salmon, grayling, trout, whitefish, vengeance, pike, perch, burbot, and roach. At 230 km long and with a 205 m drop, the Muonio River is Europe’s longest free-flowing salmon river. Äijäkoski is one of Muonio River’s strongest and most impressive rapids. You can find a lookout point at the steep “rantatörmä”, where you can enjoy watching the rapids, or spend some family time in the lean-to while admiring the water and nature around. Äijäkoski is also a good shore-fishing destination.

Sanni Vierelä

Harri Tarvainen, Visit Finland

EIGHT DIFFERENT SEASONS

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Lappish and Saami people are not satisfied with just four seasons. Instead, the year is split into eight, each with their own name: winter frost, firm snow-crust spring, ice-melting spring, midnight sun, harvest, Ruska (autumn), first snow, and polar night.

ARCTIC LIGHT

The midnight sun shines in Muonio from the end of May until the middle of July. You can enjoy the bright sunrises and sunsets in Muonio during this time. The most colorful time, however, is polar night -Polar Night Magic- which lasts from the beginning of December until the beginning of January. The northern lights can be seen in the evenings, generally starting in August. When the midnight sun fades, the northern lights come out to play. Lift your gaze up towards the snow-covered trees and bright star-filled sky, as you watch the northern lights dancing around. It’s almost as if you were in a fairytale.

Ville Heikkinen

Terhi Tuovinen, House of Lapland

FUN FACTS ABOUT MUONIO

  • 6000 reindeer live in the area
  • 20 different nationalities, the most relative to the population in any area in Finland
  • The most Audi-branded cars in Finland
  • The most snowmobiles per resident in Finland
  • More than 1000 huskies
  • Many people have a retired, husky safari dog as a pet

A VILLAGE OF HAPPY PEOPLE

People in Muonio are happy people. They perceive life to be fairly easy, are very hopeful about the future, and understand the importance of nature as a part of their mental wellbeing (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare).

There are 2300 residents in Muonio, and the municipality covers an area of 2039,97 km², with a ratio of 1,22 residents/km². Finding space is not an issue here.

 

Horseback riding DiscoverMuonio Activities Horses Photo by House of Lapland Terhi Tuovinen

Terhi Tuovinen, House of Lapland

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