What is a Fell in Finland?

In Finland, a Fell is famous, symbolic holy places amongst the Sami people of Lapland. It takes its name from the Old Norse fell which means “mountain” normally barren elevated landscape like that of “Uluru” in Australia or simply a barren hill in many places in Asia or other parts of the world.


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In Finland, the Fells have no trees nor tall grasses but mostly covered by low lying flowers like heathers and grasses lichens or moss. In autumn, the Fells are a sight to see due to its bright and colorful landscape that attracts many tourists. Ruska is the term employed by people and many would come to Lapland to see the Ruska when it is in bloom. Camping in the bright open space is available for those who love nature at its best.

Cultural Heritage of the North

Many indigenous and cultural heritage in the Northern Lapland is managed by the Metsähallitus’ Parks & Wildlife.

If you wish to explore the region, there are other sites to see for example,  Sámi Museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida in the Sámi Homeland as well as the Fell Lapland Visitor Centre in Hetta, Enontekiö. Interestingly, there are 3 Sami languages spoken namely: Inari, Skolt and North Sám all of which are different from that of the South of Finland. English is a common language among tourists.

The Fell Lapland Visitor Centre provides information about the fell environment and the nomadic Sámi culture. You can check out the link to know more. Enjoy.

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