Birdwatching in Sodankylä
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Birdwatching location

Lake Sompio




There is an eastward bound road marked SOMPIOJÄRVI 16 km from the village of Vuotso. After 16 km the road comes to the lakeshore where there is a Lappish hut (kota), fireplace, Lappish tepee as well as a boat landing.




Birds are best seen during spring migration 20 May - 20 June. Waterfowl that can be observed are, for example, the Black-throated and Red-throated Diver, Common and Velvet Scoter, Smew, Tufted Duck, Scaup, Long-tailed Duck and Goosander, Ruff, Whimbrel, Red-necked Phalarope, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Bar-tailed Godwit and Temminck’s Stint. White-tailed Eagles fish in the lake from the spring thaw until the lake freezes. The Honey Buzzard arrives to the area in the summer. Bluethroats and Willow Grouse can be encountered in the woods along the shore. It is worthwhile stopping to listen if the Arctic Warbler may be singing.


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