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Ounasjärvi and Ounastunturi in midnight sun.jpg
Ounastunturi seen across Ounasjärvi
Highest point
Elevation725 m (2,379 ft)
Coordinates68°14′N 23°48′E / 68.233°N 23.800°E / 68.233; 23.800Coordinates: 68°14′N 23°48′E / 68.233°N 23.800°E / 68.233; 23.800
Ounastunturi is located in Finland
Location in NW Finland
Sub-regionTunturi Lapland
Parent rangePallastunturi–Ounastunturi massif
Biomeboreal forest

Ounastunturi is a fell in Finland. It is situated in the sub-region Tunturi Lapland of the Lapland region, in the north of the country, about 900 km (560 mi) north of the capital Helsinki. It lies in the northern part of the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. The Pallas-Ounastunturi National Park, established in 1938 and included in the former in 2005, was partly named after the fell.[1] Ounastunturi is separated from the neighbouring Pallastunturi fell in the south by the Hannukuru valley.

The nearest large lake is Ounasjärvi north of the fell. The highest summit is Outtakka with a height of 723 m a.s.l. in the southern part of the fell (68°14′02″N 23°49′40″E / 68.2339°N 23.8278°E / 68.2339; 23.8278), followed by Pyhäkero with a height of 713 m a.s.l. in the north (68°19′31″N 23°46′16″E / 68.3253°N 23.7711°E / 68.3253; 23.7711). North of Ounastunturi and the valley containing Ounasjärvi lake the terrain rises towards the highest parts of Finland, towards the south beyond Pallastunturi it is comparatively flat.

The region around Ounastunturi is almost uninhabitated with less than 2 people per square kilometre.[2] The nearest larger settlement is Enontekiö 16.6 km (10.3 mi) north of the mountain. The vegetation is sparse and consists mostly of low subarctic woodland.[3]

The fell is in the subarctic climate zone[4] with a mean annual temperature of -4 °C. The warmest month is July with an average temperature of 14 °C, the coldest is February with a mean temperature of -18 °C.[5]


  1. ^ "History of Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park". Metsähallitus, Natural Heritage Services. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  2. ^ "NASA Earth Observations: Population Density". NASA/SEDAC. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  3. ^ "NASA Earth Observations: Land Cover Classification". NASA/MODIS. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  4. ^ Peel, M C; Finlayson, B L; McMahon, T A (2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification". Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 11: 1633–1644. doi:10.5194/hess-11-1633-2007. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  5. ^ "NASA Earth Observations Data Set Index". NASA. Retrieved 30 January 2016.