THIS IS MUONIO

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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, a ring above the Earth’s Geomagnetic North Pole where the Aurora Borealis can be seen. During the Aurora season, you can witness the northern lights at least every other night. We welcome you to Muonio to enjoy nature and the local culture. We do not have crowds. We pride ourselves on being authentic.
Have a holiday with us.

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

CLEANEST AIR IN THE WORLD

 

Breathe in the cleanest air in the world. The air in Muonio has only 4 micrograms of particles whereas in the world’s dirtiest cities there could be almost 600 micrograms of particles in the air (WHO). An air quality monitoring station, located in Sammaltunturi in Muonio, regularly measures the air that is then compared to the results of other monitoring stations around the world. These stations produce valuable data on the state of the world’s environment.

The local tap water is safe to drinkIn Finland tap water has been found to be even significantly cleaner than bottled water.

WINTER THAT LASTS SEVEN MONTHS

 

We have snow in Muonio in winter. The ski season begins in the middle of October as the “first snow track” opens. The first snow usually falls by the end of October at the latest, and the winter season usually lasts until mid May (Finnish Meteorological Institute snowfall averages).

Valtteri Hyöky, Visit Finland

Markus Kiili, Visit Finland

BEAUTIFUL FELLS

Nature in Muonio is incredibly diverse. We have over 20 fells, as well as many large bodies of water. The fells and lakes create a breathtakingly beautiful landscape.

One of Finland’s highest peaks is in Muonio, allowing a view far into the distance. Sunsets and sunrises are stunning from these higher peaks. Taivaskero (809 m) is the highest peak in Muonio. You can climb to the top any time of the year.

At the summit you are welcomed by a memorial stone from the 1952 Olympic Games. This is where the Olympic torch was lit under the midnight sun and carried by runners through Finland all the way to the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki.

OVER 200 LAKES

 

We’ve got lakes to choose from in Muonio: Jerisjärvi, Särkijärvi, Vuontisjärvi, Kangosjärvi, Liepimäjärvi, Torasjärvi, Utkujärvi, Könkäsenjärvi, Olosjärvi, Kaarantojärvi, Kätkäjärvi, Muonionjärvi and more.

Our lakes are full of fish, such as sea and river salmon, grayling, trout, whitefish, vendace, 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 the River Muonio’s strongest and most impressive rapids. Find a spot on the embankment and relax while watching the flow of the rapids. Or give shore fishing a go.

Sanni Vierelä

Harri Tarvainen, Visit Finland

EIGHT DIFFERENT SEASONS

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In Lapland there are not just four but eight different seasons. Each season is named after its character: winter frost, unbreakable snow crust, ice melt, midnight sun, harvest, autumn colours (ruska in Finnish), first snow, and polar night.

ARCTIC LIGHT

The midnight sun shines in Muonio from the end of May until the middle of July. This is the time of long and bright days, and magical sunrises and sunsets.

In autumn when the midnight sun fades, the northern lights come out to play. From August onwards you can see northern lights in the evening.

As we enter the Polar Night, kaamos,  the sky is filled with radiant colours. The Polar Night Magic lasts from the beginning of December until the beginning of January. Lift your gaze up towards the snow-covered tree tops and the bright starry sky and watch the dance of the northern lights. Allow yourself to be enchanted.

Ville Heikkinen

Terhi Tuovinen, House of Lapland

FUN FACTS ABOUT MUONIO

  • Home to 6,000 reindeer
  • 20 different nationalities – more than in any area in Finland per population size
  • Most Audi cars in Finland
  • Most snowmobiles per resident in Finland
  • More than 1,000 huskies
  • Many people have retired husky dogs as a pet

VILLAGE OF HAPPY PEOPLE

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

There are 2,300 residents in Muonio, and the municipality covers an area of 2,039.97 km², with 1.22 residents/km². We’ve got plenty space for you.

 

 

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

Terhi Tuovinen, House of Lapland

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