Lauhanvuori National Park

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Lauhanvuori National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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A swamp lake in Lauhanvuori National Park, Isojoki
Map showing the location of Lauhanvuori National Park
Map showing the location of Lauhanvuori National Park
Location in Finland
LocationSouthern Ostrobothnia, Finland
Coordinates62°09′07″N 22°10′30″E / 62.15194°N 22.17500°E / 62.15194; 22.17500Coordinates: 62°09′07″N 22°10′30″E / 62.15194°N 22.17500°E / 62.15194; 22.17500
Area53 km2 (20 sq mi)
Visitors10000 (in 2009[1])
Governing bodyMetsähallitus

Lauhanvuori National Park (Finnish: Lauhanvuoren kansallispuisto) is a national park in the Southern Ostrobothnia region of Finland, on the border of Kauhajoki and Isojoki. It was established in 1982 and covers 53 square kilometres (20 sq mi).

The park is characterized by its pine forestland, spring brooks, and swamps.




The Lauhanvuori mountain is a 231 m (758 ft) high moraine mountain and one of the highest points in Western Finland. The summit area was uncovered 9500 BCE[2] when the glacier retreated, and it has never been under the water. Indeed, it was an island in the middle of the Ancylus Lake.[3]

Flora and fauna[edit]

The summit of Lauhanvuori is lusher than its surroundings due to not having been under the sea and thus having retained its loose soil and nutrients. The hillsides are barren and infertile.

Cranes and capercaillies can be heard in the bogs during summertime. The willow grouse also inhabits the bogs.[3] The park also has a hectare of fen, where Succisa pratensis, brown beak sedge, carnation sedge, moor rush, Scottish asphodel, and many rare mosses grow. Lauhanvuori is the southernmost habitat of the Scottish asphodel.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Käyntimäärät kansallispuistoittain 2009" (in Finnish). Metsähallitus. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
  2. ^ Heikkilä, Raimo. "Lauhanvuori national park". Finnish Environmental Administration. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
  3. ^ a b "Lauhanvuoren luonto". Metsähallitus. Archived from the original on 2006-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-26.
  4. ^ Heikkilä, Raimo. "Kauhajoen suot vuonna 1999" (PDF). Kauhajoen metsien ja soiden kirja. p. 154. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2008-11-04.

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