Finland's Most Southern Fell, Iso-Syöte

Photo: Pekka Isomursu

The landscape of the hiking area is dominated by Finland's most southern fell Iso-Syöte, which rises to 431 m above sea-level, and spruce covered Romevaara Hill, which reaches the height of 369 m above sea-level. Two-thirds of the area's forests are northern old-growth forests, which are untouched by forestry. Spectacular hanging bogs and scree rock piles have formed on the hill slopes.

Photo: Annu Tuohiluoto

Vegetation on Iso-Syöte

The species of Iso-Syöte Hiking Area are versatile and valuable. On the western slope of Iso-Syöte Fell and on the bank of Syöteoja stream hikers can find the Alpine Sow thistle (Cicerbita alpina), the Subarctic Ladyfern (Athyrium filix-femina) and the Lapland Buttercup (Ranunculus lapponicus). The Black Bearberry (Arctostaphylos alpina), which is regionally threatened, thrives at the top of Iso-Syöte Fell. In addition, the tops of Romevaara Hill and Iso-Syöte Fell are the most southern habitats in Finland for the Three-leaved Rush (Juncus trifidus) and the Alpine Clubmoss (Diphasiastrum alpinum).

The Black Bearberry (Arctostaphylos alpina) glowes in ‘Ruska' colours in autumn. Photo: Saara Airaksinen.

According to an international classification of bird species there are some birds, which are considered valuable and threatened within the hiking area are. These include the Siberian Tit (Paras cinctus), the Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus), the Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata), the Greenshank (Tringa nebularia), the Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) and the Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator).

Romesuo Mire

The view to the west from the top of Iso-Syöte Fell is of the open flark mire, Romesuo. Paludification began in this area 8000 years ago after a forest fire. The vegetation covering the forested area was completely destroyed and groundwater started to rise. A mire study has been carried out on Romesuo. The Finnish report can be read at Syöte Visitor Centre.

Iso-Syöte Hiking Area

  • Established 1985
  • Area 11,50 km²