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Salamajärvi National Park 

Located in the Central Ostrobothnia and Central Finland regions, in the areas of Kinnula, Kivijärvi and Perho.

  • The Park was established at 1982 and covers 65 square kilometres.
  • This large, uninhabited area is especially known for its diverse mire ecosystems and its set of wilderness animals.
  • The area is known especially for its deers and Suomenselkä watershed. In addition to deer, the area has primeval forests, small forest lakes, swamps and fields. Cloudberries and cranberries decorate the autumn mires.
  • The most impressive forest nature is the Koirajoki old-growth forest area, which has been protected by Metsähallitus decision since 1912. There is a large number of tall old trees in the Koirajoki pine-dominated old-growth forest.
  • Heikinjärvenneva is the most important of the mires in the park. From the observation tower standing on the edge of the mire, you can watch the abundance of wader species in the park.
  • The Emblem of Salamajärvi National Park is Wild Forest Reindeer.
  • If you are lucky, you may spot the Wild Forest Reindeer on the hiking trails of the national park. Wild Forest Reindeer has increased in Suomenselkä area to over 1000 individuals.
  • The national park features some 60 km of marked trails (1.5–58 km), connected to the extensive Peura Trail network (115 km). On the way, you can stay overnight in a tent, a lean-to shelter, a wilderness hut or a rental hut.
  • The beautiful lakes of the recreational Fishing area of lakes Iso Koirajärvi and Pieni Koirajärvi with their rocky shores and islands attract fishermen to try their luck and relax.
  • Mountain biking is allowed throughout the park under everyman’s rights, with the exception of the restricted areas. Please stay on clearly visible trails and respect others who are using the trails.
  • Skis and snowshoes allow you to move on snow in the open mires and heaths.
  • Salamajärvi National Park is suitable for visitors of all ages all year. The Koirasalmi area is accessible.

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