Lemmenjoki National Park
The legendary River Lemmenjoki leads into the homelands of Lapland’s indigenous Sámi People.
Experience the wilds and try panning for gold on a guided river trip. Get to know the homestead of Kaapin Jouni, ”reindeer lord” of his time and learn about Sámi way of life and cultural heritage by joining a trip with a guide. Finland’s largest national park has plenty of wild places to explore off the beaten track.
Lemmenjoki is the largest wilderness area in Western Europe. Here, one can see almost the whole spectrum of northern nature from old pine forests to wide fell areas, boundless bogs and lush river valleys.Here, northern nature shows its barest and most beautiful sides, and the park with all its natural habitats is the home of several rare and endangered species.
The marked trails of the park are situated in the recreation zone, in the Lemmenjoki river valley. The western and southern parts of the national park are real wilderness where one can enjoy silence and the peace of nature, often without meeting another person for days.
National parks are nature reserves, whose key task is to safeguard biodiversity and enable people to enjoy and relax in nature on the terms of nature conservation. All national parks in Finland are managed by Metsähallitus.