Country/territory: Finland

IBA Criteria met: A3, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C4, C6 (2000)
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Area: 529,718 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2010 medium very unfavourable low
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Site description
A very large northern wilderness surrounding the Lemmenjoki and Ivalojoki rivers. In the east of the area the landscape is dominated by treeless fjeld, separated by large areas of boreal forest, whereas peatlands cover most of the southern and western parts. There are numerous rivers, streams, lakes and ponds. Tourism is common, especially during summer in Lemmenjoki National Park, but in winter human activity is minimal.

Key biodiversity
An exceptionally important area for Arctic and boreal avifauna. Breeding birds include seven out of the 32 species in Europe that are restricted to the Arctic/tundra biome (when breeding) and 13 out of the 15 species in Europe that are restricted to the boreal biome (when breeding).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lemmenjoki-Hammastunturi-Pulju. Downloaded from on 31/01/2023.