Top 5 locations in Riisitunturi for nature photographers

Trees with a heavy snow load in a wintry landscape on a sunny day.

Riisitunturi National Park is known for its crown snow laden spruce trees in winter, hanging bogs in summer, and bare fells with open scenery. On top of the bare Riisitunturi fell, northern lights and sunsets appear especially magnificent. Riisitunturi is a compact photography location all year round.

In winter, however, note that days are short and the conditions may be harsh due to snow and freezing temperatures.

1. Ikkunalampi

A small lake in the middle of the picture, the sky is reflecting off the water surface. Forested slopes rise from the edge of the lake.

A small pond between the summits of Riisitunturi and Pikku Riisitunturi fells.

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2. Riisitunturi

Close-up of trees with a heavy snow load. Fells are rising in the background.

There is a magnificent view from the treeless top towards lake Kitkajärvi. A great place to take pictures of snow-loaded trees. The site is extremely popular among visitors and if you prefer a spot with untouched snow, we recommend the Pikku Riisitunturi and Soilunvaara hills, which are located north of Riisitunturi.

The distance from the parking area is about 1.7 kilometres.

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3. Pikku Riisitunturi

Two hikers having a break on a rock on the slope of a fell. There is a lake surrounded by forest in the background.

A magnificent view towards lake Kitkajärvi. Snow-loaded trees in winter. In winter, this site is less crowded than Riisitunturi.

The distance from the Riisitunturi wilderness hut is 800 metres.

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4. Soilunvaara 

A slope covered in coniferous forest photographed from above.

Snow-loaded trees in winter. More untouched snow than at Riisitunturi. In winter, you can reach the site by skis from the Riisitunturi wilderness hut (about 3 km).

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5. Koljatinlaki 

A lake covered in ice in the middle of the picture, there is no snow in the forest surrounding the lake. A fell is rising in the background.

Views towards lake Kitkajärvi and the forests and mires of the national park. Fairly difficult to reach.

The distance from Riisitunturi is about 11 kilometres.

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