International Ivalo is the gateway to the North.
It offers a great array of services from fishing licences to an airport.
In Ivalo, the atmosphere is always international and visitors from all around the world flock here. Ivalo features the northernmost airport in Finland and the EU and it welcomes winter charter flights from Great Britain and many other countries. In the streetscape one can see Norwegian and Russian shoppers year-round. The village is the administrative centre for the municipality of Inari, and also its largest population centre, so it comes as no surprise that this is where you can find the widest range of services in northern Lapland. The well-stocked grocery shops open their doors every day of the week, from early in the morning until late at night, including Sundays.
- Karhunpesäkivi Rock
- Jänkävaara recreation area
- Ivalojoki river
This famous rock is located in Myössäjärvi, approximately 25km north of Ivalo. Karhunpesäkivi, which is a tafone rock formation reminiscent of a giant’s kettle, is the only such structure in the world that has shifted from its original location during the Ice Age. Karhunpesäkivi is also the largest so-called erratic, hollow bolder in Finland.
Jänkävaara recreation area
Jänkävaara offers excellent opportunities for recreation throughout the year. During the winter months, Jänkävaara’s recreational pistes are synonymous with a splendid wintery landscape, as well as challenging ascents and downhill slopes. Skiers can choose from pistes spanning 3, 5 or 9km.
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 first gold rush in Finland took place on the Ivalojoki River, which is why it is also known as the “golden river”.
How to get there?
Inari-Saariselkä is far away in the North and yet just a few hours from southern Finland. You can fly to Lapland or make an unforgettable sightseeing tour to this Arctic area by rental car.
Get to know the Inari-Saariselkä region and its magnificent scenery at your leisure. Far away in the North there is no such thing as rushing!
By train and bus
The train will take you to Rovaniemi, where you will find numerous bus connections to Saariselkä and elsewhere in northern Lapland. Thanks to the well-run public transport you can even get as far as the Arctic Ocean!
Quickly reach your destination from Helsinki aboard Finnair or fly Norwegian. Charter flights from
UK and other European cities. From the airport there is regular buss connection to and from each scheduled flight.