A 100-km-long series of fjelds running from the settlement of Hetta in the north to Ylläs in the south. Here the Lapland fjelds meet the Lapland forests and consequently this is the northern or southern limit of distribution for many species of animals and plants. Tourists visit the area year-round; in winter skiing centres lure people to the area, and in summer hundreds or even thousands of people hike daily along the mountain tracks.
An important area for Arctic and boreal avifauna. Breeding birds include 11 out of the 15 species in Europe that are restricted to the boreal biome (when breeding).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Reindeer husbandry (`Other' land-use and threat) has caused some erosion of vegetation. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.
National Partial International None50,912 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Pallas-Ounastunturi, 50,912 ha).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pallas and Ylläs fjelds. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 02/12/2020.