Lemmenjoki National Park, Lapland

#8 of 18 in Nature in Lapland
Lemmenjoki National Park is situated in area of municipalities of Inari and Kittilä, Lapland, in Northern Finland. It was founded in 1956 and has since been expanded twice. Its total area is 2850km2, making it the biggest national park of Finland and one of the largest in Europe.
The park is named after the Lemmenjoki River, an 80km long river running through it.
The park is partly bordered by the Øvre Anarjóhka National Park in Norway.
Around 100 people can be seen digging gold in the area in the summer on 40 claims. Most of the people in the park - around 10,000 people per year - are backpackers, though. There are about 60km marked paths in the national park, and even some bridges and boats are put up for travelers. There are more than ten free wilderness huts in the park and three chargeable, bookable ones.
The gold-digging area contains two small airfields, Martiniiskonpalo and Keurulainen . They can be used for landing or taking off with small propeller planes.
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  • Follow the orange dots around a 4.5km Nature Trail. Signs tell of the Saami people and their relationship with reindeer. Scenery was beautiful. The path was ok, plenty of tree roots and rocks and.....  more »
  • We took an overnight train from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, then a bus from Rovaniemi to Inari and after that a taxi cab (70-80 euros) from Inari to the village of Lemmenjoki. We booked the taxi the day...  more »
  • Easy to follow coloured dots marked on trees, guide not required
  • Nice place to grill. But when there is not fire hazard.

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