“The meeting place for three cultures” on the shores of Lake Inarijärvi
Nellim is called the meeting place for three cultures for very good reason. Indeed, in the 1920s and 1930s, the original inhabitants of the area, the Inari Sami people, were joined by Finnish loggers and Petsamo’s Skolts. The village of Nellim is close to the Russian border, about 40 kilometres from Ivalo. Its location on the shores of Lake Inarijärvi guarantees great skiing and hiking grounds and a tremendous setting from which to observe the Northern Lights.
GET TO KNOW: Hiking trails in Nellim
GET TO KNOW: History of Nellim
The village of Nellim is close to the Russian border, about 40 kilometres from Ivalo.
- Paatsjoki Bridge on the Russian border
- Nellim Orthodox Church
The renovated flume is the perfect day trip site for the whole family. The venue is accessible by car, or by the signposted path leading from Paksuvuono. There is also a lean-to for picnics beside a fire.
Paatsjoki Bridge on the Russian border
The border between Finland and Russia is a large part of the everyday scene in Nellim. The Virtaniemi border checkpoint is also situated nearby. Located a few kilometres away from the village, the Paatsjoki Bridge offers visitors an impressive view of the river, as well as the guard towers located across the border.
Nellim Orthodox Church
Nellim’s Orthodox church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity and the memory of Trifon Petsamolainen. Built in 1987 as a prayer room, the church was consecrated by Metropolitan Bishop Leo a year later.
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.