Renowned for its beautiful scenery, the Ivalojoki River is the perfect location for canoeing and fishing in the summer, and snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in the winter. The river offers a variety of landscapes and mooring spots. Ivalo’s village centre boasts the best beach in Ivalojoki – a unique feature in these latitudes.
The Ivalojoki River has its source in the Korsatunturi fell located along the border between the municipalities of Inari and Enontekiö. The river flows through the southernmost parts of the Lemmenjoki National Park, continuing on to the Hammastunturi tundra. The 60-kilometre section of the river between Kuttura and Tolonen features several rapids for canoeists. Paddling expeditions are provided by tour operators in Saariselkä.
The first gold rush in Finland took place on the Ivalojoki river, which is why it is also known as the “golden river”. Ivalojoen Kultala was built in 1870 as the result of the gold rush. There are still prospectors searching for gold in the river and its runoffs. Prospecting sites of the Ivalojoki River, both past and present, are also accessible via signposted hiking routes.
GET TO KNOW: Camping opportunities in the Ivalojoki River
GET TO KNOW: Description of the Canoeing Route Kuttura – Ivalo, 70 km