Excellent stop-over point on the way to the North
40 kilometres North of Inari lies the village of Kaamanen. It is a traditional meeting point as from there the roads and snowmobile tracks lead to North, East, South and West. To the North lies Utsjoki, to the West Karigasniemi and Karasjoki on the Norwegian side of the boarder. To the West are located Sevettijärvi, Näätämö and across the boarder you find Kirkeness in Norway.
Kaamanen has a strong fishing and wilderness culture. In River Kaamanen and other surrounding fishing waters you can catch brown trout and grayling. The area is known for its extensive wild fowl population also by the international bird watching community and is said to be the paradise for the bird photographer enthusiasts. In Kaamanen one can watch at the feeding grounds many arctic bird species which are rare to be seen anywhere else.
At the Muotka Fell Wilderness area there are no marked trails and also very few huts but an experienced hiker gets to enjoy more so the beautiful scenery with its fells and wild water rivers.
The meeting point of three cultures
Karigasniemi (Gáregasnjárga in north Saami language) is the meeting point of Saami, Finnish and Norwegian languages and cultures.
Karigasniemi is located in Utsjoki municipality on the border of Finland and Norway. In the village and its surrounding areas are living some 500 inhabitants. The closest neighbour, Karasjoki, on the Norwegian side of the boarder is only 18 km away. It is also a short journey to the Arctic Ocean. There is good access from Karigasniemi to the Porsang fjord or all the way to the North Cape. The route 970 takes you from Karigasniemi to Utsjoki following the 100 km journey alongside the River Teno continuing from there to Nuorgam. This “Route Teno” has been given the title of the most beautiful route in Finland as it travels alongside the river through breathtakingly beautiful fells and valleys – you cannot find anything like it elsewhere in Finland.
The national boarder of Finland and Norway runs in the River Inari which passes the village and changes to River Teno at the meeting point of the River Karas just few kilometres north of Karigasniemi.
On Sulaoja (Skalonjuovččan) nature trail one can find the sacred natural spring which is the biggest one in Finland measured by water content. From the trail opens up the breathtaking panoramic scenery to the Rivers Inari and Karas and to the River Teno Valley.
Karigasniemi village has vitality and its shops, restaurants and tourist companies service the local population and the neighbouring Norwegians as well as the leisure travellers.
The Meeting point of three cultures in the River Teno Valley on the route to the North Cape