Muddus/Muttos National Park

Deep old-growth forest and mires vast as oceans

Muttos is the land of vast mires and deep old-growth forests. It is known for its waterfalls, deep ravines, low mountains and forests where the trees have seen many generations of people pass by.

In the Sámi language the word for large mire is “áhpe”. It also translates into ocean. Here you will meet many of them, mires that feel like oceans. When they are frozen during the winter they are perfect migration routes for both people and animals. But Muttos is perhaps best known for its ancient forests. You will find both age-old trees and young pines due to logging and forest fires.

In the southern parts the whole area slopes down towards the Stuor Julevädno River, and ten deep ravines cut through the great forests. The ancient paths follow ridges, which at times are the only places which one can travel. Discreet traces such as hearths and trapping pits show us that many have walked here before us.

Nobody knows where the name comes from, but it could derive from the Sámi word “muttát”, meaning “suitable” or “adequate”. Everything necessary to live a good life is to be found here. Muttos became a part of the Laponia World Heritage in 1996.


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Map: Lisa Wallin