The municipality and town of Posio is situated in an idyllic part of southern Lapland; surrounded by ancient forests, lakes, canyons and waterways, this magical part of northern Finland, an old Sámi district, has long been a popular destination with nature lovers, hikers and anglers. There are literally thousands of lakes and ponds here, and in the winter there is a long period of snow cover due to it being a highland area.
A little north of the town of Posio lies Riisitunturi National Park, with its colourful hanging bogs decorating the fell slopes. From the top of these fells visitors can enjoy some of the most delightful views in all of Finland, and the hiking trails are perfect for trekkers who want to spend a couple of days in an untouched landscape. The park is closely connected to the protected mire area of Karitunturi Fell, and is also near the exceptionally rugged landscape of Korouoma Canyon nature reserve, with its protected old growth forests, rich in herbs. A little further off is Auttiköngäs, with its 16m high waterfalls, another protected area with a forest so old that it can be designated as primary or virgin forest.
Posio is also famed for being the home of the northernmost ceramics studio in the world, the world renowned Pentik. At the Pentik studio, ceramic art is made by hand by skilled craftsmen, drawing inspiration from the wild yet delicate beauty of Lapland's nature. Since 2009 the studio has been joined by a gallery, where exhibitions change every six months. Visitors can't miss it, thanks to a 30ft high mosaic relief!
Other attractions in the municipality include the Ethnographic Museum of the Posio Municipality, located on the southern shores of Lake Kitkajärvi in the village of Lohiranta, and a little further on visitors will find the historic Akanlahti log dispatching facility. The facility was used to dispatch timber from Lake Kitkajärvi to Lake Livojärvi from the 1930s to the 1960s. The village of Sirniö, famous for its traditions of smithing, hosts an international blacksmith event every June, during which there take place courses and competitions and associated events.
By far the greatest attraction in the region is the landscape itself; there are over 3,000 lakes and ponds, some of the oldest forests in Finland, the gorgeous Korouoma Waterfall, and protected nature reserves.
There are all manner of outdoors activities in Posio; in winter downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobile excursions, husky and reindeer safaris, and for the extreme sports folk you can even try your hand at ice-climbing at the frozen Korouoma waterfall!
There are flavours to savour aplenty in Posio, from home-cooked delicacies to a la carte menus. Local specialties include vendace and reindeer dishes, flavoured with native herbs and served with berries of the forest.
Posio specialises in rental cabins, there are around 20 companies providing these, ranging from fully equipped luxury lodges in holiday resorts to wilderness cabins off the beaten track where visitors are assured of peace and tranquility.
Most visitors to Posio will surely call in to the Pentik-mäki Centre, which provides a fascinating insight into the past and present of the Pentik brand. The buildings that make up the Centre are joined together by glass walkways, creating a museum, exhibition, café and shopping complex covering more than 8,000 sq ft.
Posio is conveniently located to the northwest of Kuusamo, which is the nearest airport, along highway 81. Regular buses run from Kuusamo, or you can arrive at Rovaniemi and make your way east along the same highway. Information for tourists is provided by the local tourist office located at Pentik Mäki in the Anu Pentik Gallery.