Northern Lapland Region
Area: 1,280 sq. km. Established in 1991.
The area is managed by Metsähallitus.
Pöyrisjärvi Wilderness Area is a wonderful destination for experienced hikers who have the needed equipment and supplies. The wilderness area adopted its name from Lake Pöyrisjärvi, which is located in the north part of the area. Impressive sand dunes and ridges rise to the north of the lake. The rolling fell and forest landscape make for wonderful hiking terrain, but the area's large bogs are best to circle.
There are no marked trails within Pöyrisjärvi Wilderness Area, but there are many old unmarked trails, as Pöyrisjärvi has always been an important fishing, hunting and reindeer husbandry area for locals. The Lapp villages of Kalkujärvi and Pöyrisjärvi are located within the wilderness area and are still inhabited for part of the year.
Pöyrisjärvi is not only a hiking destination. There are great possibilities for canoeing excursions, fishing and mountain biking. The areas two largest rivers the Pöyrisjoki and the Käkkälöjoki are especially good for canoeing and fishing.
Pöyrisjärvi Wilderness Area is nestled in the centre of several other protected areas. Saaravuoma-Kuoskisenvuoma Mire Reserve is to the south of the wilderness area and Pulju Wilderness Area and Lemmenjoki National Park are to its east and south-east. To the north of the wilderness area in Norway is Övre Anarjokka National Park (www.miljodirektratet.no, in Norwegian). Pöyrisvuoma Mire Reserve is within Pöyrisjärvi Wilderness Area.