Pallas and Ylläs fjelds

Country/territory: Finland

IBA Criteria met: A3, B2, B3, C2, C6 (2000)
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Area: 89,233 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2010 low near favourable medium
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Site description
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.

Key biodiversity
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).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pallas and Ylläs fjelds. Downloaded from on 08/12/2021.