Muotkatunturi Wilderness Area

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Muotkatunturi Wilderness Area (Muotkatunturin erämaa)
Protected Area
Peltojärvi Muotkatuntureilla.jpg
Peltojärvi lake in the Muotkatunturis
Country Finland
Region Lapland
Coordinates 69°6′N 26°24′E / 69.100°N 26.400°E / 69.100; 26.400Coordinates: 69°6′N 26°24′E / 69.100°N 26.400°E / 69.100; 26.400
Highest point Kuárvikozzâ
 - elevation 590 m (1,936 ft)
Area 1,570 km2 (606 sq mi)
Established 1991
Management Metsähallitus
IUCN category VI - Managed Resource Protected Area

The Muotkatunturi Wilderness Area (Muotkatunturin erämaa-alue) is a wilderness reserve in the municipalities Utsjoki and Inari in Lapland, Finland, established in 1991. Its area is 1,570 square kilometres (610 sq mi). Muotkatunturi is a reindeer management area, and forestry is also practiced there. The area is maintained by the Metsähallitus.[1]

No public roads lead into the area, there are no marked paths for travelers, and the area only has four wilderness huts. Therefore it is virtually completely natural and primitive. In the north-eastern corner there are vast swamps, in the north and west fell ridges and river valleys splitting them, and in the south-west there's pine forest. The Peltojärvi lake is in the middle of the wilderness. The highest tunturi peak is Kuárvikozzâ, 590 metres (1,940 ft).

In the south, the area is bordered by the Inari-Angeli road, in the west by Angeli-Karigasniemi road, in the north by Kaamanen-Karigasniemi road and in the east by Valtatie 4.

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