inari, ivalo, saariselkä…
Inari region is a unique gem of Finnish Lapland. It has of country’s best-kept natural treasures, lake Inari, third-largest in Finland. Inari is the cradle of Sami culture and a place where Sami Parliament is located. The neighbouring village of Ivalo has an airport, and can be reached from Helsinki in 1,5 hours. Aurora Village, one of Lapland’s most high-class igloo villages, is also located in Ivalo. In the southern part of Inari region is located a popular Saariselkä Resort.
Inari: untainmed nature
Lake Inari is a vast body of water situated between the villages of Inari and Ivalo. Sami culture thrived on its shores for generations, with fishing and reindeer herding complementing each other as livelilhoods. Lake Inari has many picturesque spots, such as Ukonkivi, a huge rock elevating from the water.
The village of Inari is stuated on the shore of lake Inari, at the place where river Juutuanjoki merges with it. With just over 600 permanent inhabitants, the village of Inari has the Sami cultural and administrative centre Sajos, the place where Sami Parliament resides, as well as Siida, a museum dedicated to Sami culture.
It is easy to start exploring nature from Inari, you just need to get out of the hotel or cottage! River Juutuanjoki has a great natural spot near the village, the rapid of Juutuankoski. You can reach it by walking or by car, and cross the fast-flowing rapids. There, you will also find a fireplace for a barbeque. There are a couple of vantage points from where you can admire the beauty of lake Inari. Tuulispäät is one of the fells closer to Inari village, you can reach it by car, going all the way to the top. South from lake Inari, a great observation spot is located on top of hill Sovintovaara, which is also a museum.
Ivalo: perfect getaway in Lapland
Ivalo is the largest village in Inari region with just under 4,000 inhabitants. With an airport just 5 minute drive from village centre, it is a perfect getaway “in the middle of nowhere”. Hotel Ivalo in village’s centre is a budget option to stay here. Aurora Village with its luxurious glass igloos is much more comfortable yet a bit pricier option. Ivalo is also a place to enjoy local activities, with ice karting track, horse sled riding, snowmobile and fatbiking tours.