Lemmenjoki National Park
Lemmenjoki is a national park located in northern Finland in Lapland. The park is named after the river that flows through it, the name of which means “River of Love”. In the largest park in Finland, tourists can expect virgin forests of spruce, pine, birch, as well as mountains with high hills, swamps with a large number of berries on them. Since its creation in 1956, the boundaries of the park have changed many times, at the moment the park area is 2850 km2.
Next to the Lemmenjoki National Park there is another environmental site - the Evre-Anaryokka Park, which belongs to Norway. Such proximity has allowed the number of tourists to increase, so that approximately 10,000 tourists visit the park per year. The park will be interesting for lovers of hiking.
In the main area of Lemmenjoki Park, hiking trails have been laid, on which there are abandoned or rented houses, there are places for fires, everything is done to make life easier for tourists. here you can see virgin nature, arctic landscapes, and the Ravadasköngas waterfall. You can also hunt reindeer in the park; in the summer, gold diggers appear here, because there are about 40 places where the authorities have allowed gold mining. Every year a competition among gold diggers is held here.
Flora and fauna of Lemmenjoki Park
The basis of Lemmenjoki Park consists of areas with northern taiga and forest-tundra. There are many rarely seen and protected plants, among which it is worth noting: black sedge, arnica, northern rosemary, marsh saxifrage, basilisk, Hudson Bay sedge, alpine cuff.
The fauna of the Lemmenjoki Nature Reserve is no less rich, and is usually quite good for the northern regions of Europe. Among the animals you can meet a brown bear, a wolf, among the birds there are many jays, woodpeckers, crossbills, as well as migratory birds: bean geese and mute swans. Wolverine is the symbol of the park. But the kings of these lands are still graceful deer, which used to be widely hunted here, as evidenced by over 700 found traps, two hundred years old. Currently, the park houses a deer nursery, which is home to 7,000 reindeer.