Finnmarksvidda (Northern Sami: Finnmárkkoduottar; English: Finnmark plateau/highland) is Norway's largest plateau, with an area greater than 22,000 square kilometres (8,500 sq mi).[1] The plateau lies about 300 to 500 metres (980 to 1,640 ft) above sea level. Approximately 36% of Finnmark lies on the Finnmarksvidda.

Finnmárkkoduottar  (Northern Sami)
The lowest elevations can be found in the eastern part of Finnmarksvidda, near Karasjok and Tana. River valleys in the area are only 100 - 250 m above sea level.
Map showing the location of Finnmarksvidda
Map showing the location of Finnmarksvidda
Location of the plateau
Map showing the location of Finnmarksvidda
Map showing the location of Finnmarksvidda
Finnmarksvidda (Norway)
LocationTroms og Finnmark, Norway
Coordinates69°19′N 23°49′E / 69.317°N 23.817°E / 69.317; 23.817Coordinates: 69°19′N 23°49′E / 69.317°N 23.817°E / 69.317; 23.817
Elevation300 to 500 m (980 to 1,640 ft)
Area22,000 km2 (8,500 sq mi)


Finnmarksvidda near Alta. Altaelva valley in the background

From Alta Municipality in the west to the Varanger Peninsula in the east it stretches for approximately 300 kilometres (190 mi), being at least that wide from north to south, extending into Finland. The southeastern part of the plateau is protected by the Øvre Anárjohka National Park. The 1,409 square kilometres (544 sq mi) park opened in 1976.[2]

Fauna and floraEdit

The plateau includes extensive birch woods, pine barrens, bogs, and glacially formed lakes. Finnmarksvidda is situated north of the Arctic Circle and is best known as the land of the once nomadic Sami people and their reindeer herds. Their shelters in the tundra, are still in use in winter time.


Kautokeino municipality is Norway's largest by area. Within its borders is the coldest village in continental Norway, Šihččajávri.

Finnmarksvidda, located in the interior of the county has a subarctic climate with the coldest winter temperatures in Norway: the coldest temperature ever recorded was −51.4 °C (−60.5 °F) in Karasjok on 1 January 1886. The climate of Kautokeino (307 m) represents the climate of the plateau.


  1. ^ "About Finnmark". Turistforeningen.
  2. ^ Ryvarden, Leif (2007). Stabbursdalen, Øvre Pasvik og Øvre Anárjohka. Norges nasjonalparker (in Norwegian). 3. Gyldendal. ISBN 9788205376380.