Birdwatching in Sodankylš
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Birdwatching location

Lake Ilmakki




About 200 metres south of the road to the Vajukoski power station, 35 km north of Sodankylš, there is a parking place on the eastern side of the road. A duckboard path on the western side of the road leads to a bird observation tower on the edge of the bog. There are information signs along the path describing the nature of the area.




At the bog in the spring and summer, one may encounter birds such as the Red-necked Phalarope, Jack Snipe, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Golden Plover and Crane. You may also see at the lake the Common and Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Smew, Whooper Swan, and Little Gull. The mating song of the Little Bunting can be heard at the edges of the bog. Birds of prey that can be seen here are the Hen Harrier and, with a bit of luck, the Peregrine Falcon.


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