Lemmenjoki National Park is located in area of municipalities of Inari and Kittilä, Lapland, in Northern Finland.
The National Park was founded in 1956 and has since been expanded twice. Its total area is 2,850 square kilometers, making it the biggest national park of Finland and one of the largest in Europe.
The park is named after the Lemmenjoki River, an 80 kilometers long river running through it framed by the Maarestatunturi and Viipustunturi fells. 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. The gold-digging area contains two small airfields, Martiniiskonpalo and Keurulainen. They can be used for landing or taking off with small propeller planes. Visitors can also try their hand at gold-panning on the guided tours.
There are about 60 kilometers marked paths, and even some bridges and boats are put up for travelers. There are more than ten free wilderness huts and three chargeable, bookable ones.
Most of the visitors – around 10,000 people per year – are backpackers, though. In 2019, about 18,300 people visited the national park.
In a vote organized by Erä Magazine, Lemmenjoki National Park was chosen as the best hiking area in Finland.
How to Get there?
The roads run along the northern and the eastern edge of the park.
By car you can get to the village of Njurkulahti. From Njurkulahti there is also a motor boat service to the open wilderness hut at Lake Ravadasjärvi and to Kultahamina. From road 955, turn west to road 9551, which goes to Njurkulahti.
Also the village of Lisma, in the southern part of the Park, can be reached by car. The road to Lisma turns from road 955.