The Lemmenjoki national park is one of Finland’s 40 national parks. It is located in the middle of the northern part of the Lapland region.
The main feature of the park is its size. It is the largest Finnish national park (2,860 km² / 1,104 mi²), although originally it was smaller as its area has been expanded twice.
There are 44 named mountains in Lemmenjoki national park. The highest and the most prominent mountain is Morgam-Viipus (603 m / 1,978 ft).
— Lemmenjoki national park is named after the beautiful Lemmenjoki river, which flows through its territory. The river itself is the second main feature of the park, after the park’s large size.
The third feature is also related to the river: In the mid-twentieth century, gold was actively mined on this very river, as well as other rivers in the park, leading to a local “gold rush.” We could say that Lapland and, this place in particular, is the Finnish equivalent of the Klondike in the Yukon Territory of Canada or the US state of Alaska, both of which saw major gold rushes. There are many other gold sites in Lapland.
Gold can still be mined today, even by tourists during an excursion or a tour. In fact, there are 25 mining concessions in Lemmenjoki, as well as about 30 gold-digging claims. Because of this, 10,000 local and international tourists visit the park each year to go gold mining.
However, the symbol and logo of the Lemmenjoki, characterizing its nature, is a wolverine. The wolverine is one of the most elusive animals in northern Europe.
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