Country/territory: Finland

IBA Criteria met: A3, B2, C7 (2000)
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Area: 51,750 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2010 high very unfavourable low
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Site description
Situated north of Inari lake, a complex of very large peatlands (belonging to the palsa mires typical of Fjeld-Lapland), separated by small areas of ridge forest (Pinus sylvestris and Betula). Many rivers, streams, lakes and ponds occur in the area, including the Vaijoki river. Due to its remoteness and wetness the area has remained mainly free of human activities.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sammutinjänkä-Vaijoenjänkä. Downloaded from on 07/12/2021.