Pakasaivo

Pakasaivo, Muonio: Address, Phone Number, Pakasaivo Reviews: 4.5/5

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Cheeriop
Finland483 contributions
Jun 2021
Pakasaivo is not only a beautiful nature spot formed after Ice Age, but also a sacred mythological place for the Sami people. Well worth a visit despite the bit rough road.
Nearby is also an open fireplace and a kota where you can prepare food. Well maintained toilets by the paring lot.
Written 29 June 2021
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OutInTheNature
Finland136 contributions
Sep 2019
There are no streams running to or from saivo lakes and the beauty of Pakasaivo as well as mythology make it a quite peculiar place and well worth a visit. It is also known as the Hell of Lapland. People used to believe that saivo lakes have two bottoms, and the fish sometimes disappeared to the lower waters. They believed that on the other side of the bottom of the lake there was another world where souls were living. When they tried to measure the deepness of the Lake Pakasaivo, it turned out to be very challenging as many trees from steep shores had fallen to the lake and created a layer that seemed like never ending bottom.

Please note that you can visit Pakasaivo from spring to autumn as the forest road leading to Pakasaivo is not open in the winter. A short 100 m trail leading to the Pakasaivo lookout point is accessible for children’s buggies and people with physical disabilities. There is also a wheelchair-accessible toilet, and a fire place, by the parking area. Pakasaivo is easy to visit as long as you have a car and don't mind driving on dirt roads.
Written 16 October 2019
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antilsa
Helsinki, Finland233 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Reindeers, gravel roads through forests and swamps of Lapponia. Pakasaivo is a Sami sacred sinkhole, passage to the land of Saivo-people, the dead, who walk under the bottom of the lake upside down. And a deep, deep lake it is. Under the surface some 13 metres down, water turns anaerobic due to hydrogen sulphide. The water in lake preserves all that sinks to the bottom 60 metres under the surface. Very clear water. Some horseflies and mosquitoes. Easier to reach during summer.
Written 25 July 2019
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Jorgos
Oulunsalo, Finland39 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
Cancelled our trip to this beautiful place because of poorly maintained gravel road. We drove the road about 1km and turned back. Biggest loose stones were about size of a fist. Not suitable for low profile tires.
Written 25 June 2018
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1fatfinn
Tampere, Finland91 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
This is a deep small lake with high cliffs surrounding it. The sight is situated close to a dirt road, only a few hundred meters walking distance from the parking lot. There is a cafe (opening hours?), outhouses and a well maintained fireplace/shelter. The upper level is accessible to everybody but to get down to the lake requires some excercise.
The place is unusual for Lapland and it has some historical value being an old sacrificial place. I recommend this for a half day trip or just a short break for somebody driving by.
Written 30 September 2014
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HapeGe62
Lenzburg, Switzerland289 contributions
Its a nice ride by snowmobile to Pakasaivo. There are Kota's to grill the Makkara's (sausages) and of course the great view in the "cauldron" of Lapish hell.
Definitely a must
Written 7 March 2014
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Jani K
Kouvola, Finland64 contributions
Sep 2013 • Family
Pakasaivo, also known as "Hell of Lapland" is a 1km long canyon lake located in Muonio. We drove to lake from Tornio - Muonio highway. The unpaved road from the highway is some 13km long and not recommended for cars with low ground clearance.

The natives of Lapland believed that the way to the underworld was located at the bottom of the lake.

There is a parking place, info sign, toilet, small cafe and fireplace next to road. From parking place there is a short walk to the lake itself. The view is magnificient.
Written 29 November 2013
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