Kevo Subarctic Research Station
The Kevo Subarctic Research Station is managed by the Kevo Subarctic Research Institute which is based at the University of Turku.
Kevo Subarctic Research Station is located in Utsjoki at the northernmost tip of Finland only about hundred kilometres from the coast of the Arctic Ocean (69°45’ N, 27°01’ E) right next to Kevo Strict Nature Reserve (712 km2). It lies about 60 km north of the continuous pine forest line and belongs to the subarctic Mountain Birch Forest Zone close to both the local pine tree line and the birch tree line at the forest-tundra ecotone.
The station is close to a wide range of ecosystems from pine stands at low altitudes to mountain birch forests and low alpine tundra as well as mires (also palsas), lakes, and rivers. Several large-scale outbreaks of birch feeding moth larvae are characteristic for the birch forests. The latest outbreak in 2005-2009 destroyed about 400 km2 of the treeline birch forests in Utsjoki. Grazing by semi-domesticated reindeer is another important factor that shapes the ecosystems. The area is part of the basin of the river Teno/Tana which is one of the top salmon rivers in Europe.
The station was founded in 1958. The station, including a weather station of Finnish Meteorological Institute, consists of several buildings. It has the capacity to accommodate about 40 guests in winter and up to 70 in summertime. It is open year-round, but full-board meals will be offered only during the main field season (from May to September), except for larger groups. The station provides laboratories, a workshop, a lecture hall, and accommodation buildings. During recent years the station has had about 100 Finnish and 70 foreign visiting scientists each year.
Kevo Subarctic Research Station has got a long tradition in manipulative experiments addressing cause-effect relationships of anthropogenic environmental changes. In ecological science it is known for the research on plant herbivore interactions and in geographical science for research on palsa mires. There are long-term field experiments studying the effects of aerial pollutants and the impacts of reindeer grazing. The station has got arboretums with different origins of arctic treeline species. There is monitoring data available on population dynamics of moths, rodents, birds, plant phenology, pollen deposits, hydrological, and meteorological data. The station also holds up to 50-year old bio-geographical mapping data of the surrounding area.
Utsjoki is the only municipality in Finland with Sámi majority for whom the traditional reindeer herding and fishing are still important livelihoods, even though it is in general a normal modern community with modern services. In Utsjoki village (18 km north of Kevo) there are grocery shops, a post office, a library, a swimming hall, accommodation providers, pubs, a bank, and a health centre. Anthropological, sociological, and archaeological studies on the local community have been managed by the research station.
The station is located close to a main road and can be reached by car. Access to the station is across Lake Kevojärvi (250 m, in summer by boat and in winter over the ice) or via a small road (5 km). The closest airport in Finland is in Ivalo with a bus connection from Ivalo to Kevo (c. 150 km). There are also airports in Norway at about the same distance (Lakselv, Vadsø, Kirkenes). Alternatively, a train connection exists from southern Finland to Rovaniemi followed by a bus trip via Ivalo to Kevo (450 km).
University of Turku
Kevo Subarctic Research Institute, University of Turku
69° 45' 0'' N
27° 1' 0'' E
Snow and Rain
01/01/1962 to 31/12/2017
June; July; August; September; October
Biological features; Fauna; High elevation; Lake; Low artificial light pollution; Moraine; Rivers; Rock; Snow; Tree line; Tundra; Valley; Other
Peatlands; Wetlands; Palsa mires; Deciduous forest; Evergreen forest; Human settlements or resource use in the area;Shrub tundra; Gramminoid tundra
Anthropology; Archaeology; Atmospheric chemistry and physics; Atmospheric sciences; Bacteriology; Biochemistry; Biogeography; Biology; Botany; Climate studies; Climatology; Climate change; Ecology; Ecosystem modelling; Entomology and parasitology; Environmental sciences; Evolutionary biology; Fisheries management; Fishery; Genetics; Geochemistry; Geocryology; Geodesy; Geology; Geomorphology; Geophysics and seismology; GIS; Hydrology; Humanities; Human impacts; Limnology; Mapping; Medicine; Meteorology; Microbiology; Natural resource management; Paleobiology; Paleoclimatology; Paleoecology; Pollution; Population monitoring; Sedimentology; Sociology; Social science; Soil biology; Soil science; Terrestrial biology; Zoology
Traditional Sámi area
Biology; Chemistry; Geology
Fossil fuel; Renewable
Basic laboratory equipment
Sampling for remote users, field work assistance
weather and hydrology (1962-), seismography (1961-), plant phenology (1968-), aerial pollen (1976), lepidoptera (1972-), rodent (1981-), bird (1982-), herbivorous insect (1986-), and bat (2015-) populations
Non-medical trained person
Outboard motor boats
Minibus, ATVs, snowmobiles
Computer; E-mail; Fax; Internet; Printer; Scanner; Telephone
Aircraft landing facilities
lake (+ lake ice and snow)
Transport and freight
Access To The Facility
Yes (Permits for working inside Kevo Strict Nature Reserve www.outdoors.fi/destinations/otherprotectedareas/kevo/Pages/Default.aspx)
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Utsjoki river valley (Credits: Otso Suominen)
Botanical field work (Credits: Elina Vainio)
Lake fieldwork, fish net (Credits: Elina Vainio)
Lemming (Credits: Otso Suominen)
Rastigaisa landscape (Credits: Otso Suominen)
Reindeer (Credits: Otso Suominen)
Surnia ulula (Credits: Otso Suominen)
Kevo Ylapulmankijarvi - small hut in winter landscape (Credits: Ilkka Syvänperä)