Muonio Travel Guide

Muonio, Finnish Lapland / Copyright www.lifeinlapland.com

(Old wooden Church of Muonio)

Muonio is a village in Northwestern Lapland thats located on the E8 highway that travels the Finland/Sweden border. Its not much of a tourism location itself but can be a practical base to explore other nearby outdoor recreational destinations such as Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park . Its also one of the few villages up North with more shopping options and amenities such as banks, ATM machines, several food stores, and a pharmacy. This makes is a good place to stop and get supplies if heading further North toward Kilpisjarvi, where shopping options are limited.

In the map below, you will find practical places to know about for planning a trip and things to do in Munio. Below the map you will find some helpful travel information by clicking on a topic button and scrolling down to read.
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Muonio is on the E8 highway which travels North along the Finland/Sweden border up to Kilpisjarvi and the Norwegian border. It easily reached by car or by bus from southern Lapland. You can see bus timetables and buy tickets and on the Matkahuolto website.

The closest airports to Muonio are Enontekio and Kittila.
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You can pretty much walk anywhere you want to in Muonio or get around by bicycle.
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For up to date weather, check out the Muonio forecast on the FInnish Meteorological Institute.
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Winter
  • Cross country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Viewing Auroras
Summer
  • Swimming
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Fishing

Free Things To Do in Muonio

  • Church of Muonio - built in 1817, the church is an interesting historical landmark and display of architecture
  • Kiela Naturium - the local tourist information centre, which has a planetarium, souvenir shop, post office, restaurant, and playground for children.
  • Swedish Border - If you'd like to 'visit' another country during your trip to Finnish Lapland, Muonio has a border crossing into Sweden at the southern edge of the village.
  • Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park - a massive outdoor recreational area with many options for hiking and other outdoor activities.
  • Midnight sun - In summer time its quite a surreal experience to stay up late into the evening to watch the different colors produced as the sun floats on the horizon. In general, the night sky is luminous from May until mid August
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  • Practical Lapland Travel Information
  • Muonio is the last large village with shopping options if headed North to Kilpisjarvi. You can also stop at Enontekio but this requires you to leave highway E8 and drive about 20 extra km. There is a pharmacy, 2 banks and several food stores in Muonio to choose from. The food stores (K Market and S Market also sell outdoor gear)
  • Depending on your travel schedule, Muonio can be a good place to base yourself if exploring the nearby area by your own transport, for example if you are headed into the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park for day hiking or fishing, Muonio has a campground and local accommodation which may be suitable options if those inside the park are full, more expensive, or simply not to your liking.
  • The Äijäkoski rapids are a pleasant area to have a picnic or short rest break if passing through in summer time, however there is little else to see or do there. If your traveling time is limited, this is not a significant attraction.
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  • Everyman's Right (in Summer)
  • There are several campgrounds and a few small resorts in the Muonio area.
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