Science and smoke sauna at Kolari

Kolari ResearchUnit is the northernmost of the Finnish Forest Research Institute’s stations. We are relatively up high north, but very easily accessible. Train brings you less than one kilometer from us. From the airport you can reach us by one hour car drive. We are along the highway that takes you all the way to Rome and back, so car is the most popular vehicle to visit our station. We have whole variety public services close to us and modern infrastructure at station – not to mention the non-modern infrastructure that our genuine Finnish smoke sauna represents!

After a hard day conducting field work, the visitors of Kolari station can enjoy the gentle steams of an authentic Finnish smoke sauna.
After a hard day conducting field work, the researchers visiting Kolari station can enjoy the gentle steams of an authentic Finnish smoke sauna.

Why to conduct studies here? Well, meanwhile we are easily accessible to be a polar station, we still have large nature reserves and relatively intact boreal and subarctic nature close to us. The air is the cleanest you can find in Western Europe. Human presence has been here since the last glacial period, and variety of modern nature-based livelihoods exist in the area today: reindeer herding, forestry and tourism are the most important ones. A big new thing emerging nowadays is mining industry. Our own studies deal with the social and ecological sustainability aspects related to these livelihoods and the use of vulnerable boreal nature.

If you are interested in conducting scientific research about the interactions between human communities and boreal nature, your place is here. We look forward to see you, and your fresh and current study ideas at Kolari!

Cheers,
Mikko Jokinen,

Researcher, Station contact person in Kolari

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