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Raattama is a beautiful, peaceful village in the shade of the Pallastunturi fell, on the west bank of the river Ounasjoki in Kyrövaara. The village is surrounded by cloudberry bogs, lingonberry and blueberry hills, and well-stocked fishing lakes. The daily lives of the villagers follow the pace of their sources of livelihood: reindeer herding and tourism. Raattama offers local reindeer meat, fish, berries and handicrafts.

Location: Roughly 75 km north of the village of Kittilä.

Population: About 115.

Places of interest: The Ounasjoki river, hiking trails and shelters, boating, canoeing, cross-country skiing tracks − including one that is lit up at night, snowmobile routes, a 19th century chapel, a scenic viewpoint on Mieliövaara hill, the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, the Pallasjärvi and Hietajärvi lakes, the Pyhäjoki nature trail, a sports field, the Hetta-Pallas hiking trail, a library, and the Montellin Maja open wilderness hut.

Raattaman web page (in Finnish) http://raattama.lappi.fi/1

Raattama village video on YouTube, summer 2010.

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