Birdwatching in Sodankylä
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Birdwatching location

Lake Vaalajärvi




At Vaalajärvi Village, about 15 km on the way from Sodankylä to Kittilä, turn on Meltaus Road no. 952 towards Riipi. After going about 3 km, Lake Vaalajärvi lies on the right side of the road. There are no clear paths on the shore, except the road to the swimming beach on the eastern side.




In the spring and summer it is possible to encounter many kinds of waterfowl at the lake, such as the Long-tailed Duck, Scaup, Common and Velvet Scoter, Pintail, Wigeon. Little Gulls may be seen at the lake throughout the summer. The most common birds of prey sighted are the Merlin and Kestrel. About 5 km from the intersection of the Meltaus Road, the Länsiranta (Western Shore) Road turns to the right. A stream passes under the road at the intersection. It is possible to hear the song of the Arctic Warbler here in the summer.


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