Updated 20.5.2020

The Finnish government, in cooperation with the President of the Republic, has declared a state of emergency in Finland over coronavirus outbreak. The operators in Inari-Saariselkä region follow the instructions actively, which is why some services are restricted and events are cancelled. Public gatherings are limited to no more than ten persons. All cultural venues, national and municipal museums, libraries, leisure centres and sports facilities are closed. Finland’s borders are closed, which has an effect also on flight schedules. According to the Government guidelines some changes will take place from 1st June onwards effecting museums and tourist information offices as well as wilderness huts. Please see more details below.

Transportation in the area

It is recommended that all flight schedules and updates are checked up before arriving at the airport. Cancellations and schedule changes are informed by airlines. It is also advisable to check public transportation schedules with operators, as there may be changes.

Finnair will commence flights from Helsinki to Ivalo on 2nd of August 2020. For more details please see timetables.

Foreign travellers in Inari-Saariselkä areaForeign travellers in Inari-Saariselk area

The foreign travellers who are currently in the Inari-Saariselkä area should plan their homebound travel. International air traffic is allowed to operate at Helsinki Airport, and there are flight options to many destinations. Travellers should contact their travel agent, tour operator or airline urgently to inquire about the possible changes or rerouting. Travellers from abroad are urged to leave Finland and return to their home country.  Furthermore, it is not possible to arrive in Finland on so-called pickup flights. Kindly notice that the tickets by Finnair can be changed exceptionally well now.

Services at Inari-Saariselkä

Many services in Inari-Saariselkä area have changed their operating times and some are temporarily closed. For example, all restaurants are closed on the government’s rule (excluding take-away). Restaurants can be opened again from 1st June onwards with restrictions. See the area’s service providers in Activities and Accommodation sites. Exact opening times of each service provider can be found from the service provider’s website.

In accordance with the Finnish Government announcement, the Gold Museum will open on June 1st, 2020 at 10 am

Tourist information and Metsähallitus services

The services of tourist information and Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland, are available online, by telephone and by email. until end of May. Contact details of the area’s tourist information service can be found here.

The reservable and rental huts in the wilderness are closed for the spring season. Day huts located close to Saariselkä and Kiilopää area are locked. The wilderness cafes of Moitakuru and Luulampi are closed. Also, the day huts around Inari hiking area are closed until end of May.

Metsähallitus will open Nature Centers, Pilke science center, historical sites and reservation, rental and open huts 1.6. onwards. The decision follows the guidelines of the Government for opening public spaces.
The customer services of Metsähallitus in Northern Lapland Nature Center Siida, Ivalo and Saariselkä Kiehinen will also be opened 1.6.2020.
For up-to-date information on services and exceptions, as well as instructions for safe hiking, visit: https://www.nationalparks.fi/coronavirusguidelines

What to do if you suspect a coronavirus infection

If you suspect that you have coronavirus, please contact the health care centre by telephone for advice on what to do next. The spread of infections caused by the coronavirus is prevented in the same way as for other causes of respiratory infections. Wash your hands with soap and water and cough into your elbow or use a disposable tissue.

Ivalo health care centre phone number +358 40 770 9187.

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We follow the situation in the area and update the web page accordingly. Last updated: 4.4.2020.

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