Because Inari is located 300 km north of the Arctic Circle, there is Midnight Sun from late May to late July. The last ice within the lake disappears at the end of May. Even in July, the average temparature is only about 17°C. Inari is the biggest municipality in Finland by area.
The nearest airport is in Ivalo. Except for once early in the morning on school days, there is no direct bus from Ivalo Airport to Ivalo Busstation. Be prepared to book a special busservice running from Ivalo Airport to Inari by way of Ivalo Busstation, and book ahead. By car, the easiest way to get from southern Finland is by car train to Kemijärvi. Inari lies along road E75, but it's over 15 hours by bus from Helsinki.
Siida, also known as the Inari Sámi Museum, is a newly built museum devoted to the history and culture of the Sámi, the original people of the area. It also doubles as a natural history museum for the region, displaying plants and wildlife from all of the areas inhabited by the Sámi. The exhibitions are of international standard, and text is provided in local languages, English, and German. In addition to the indoor exhibition, there is an outdoor museum which features traditional Sámi dwellings. Entrance €9, open daily except Monday from 10 AM to 5 PM (longer hours in the summer). Plenty of free parking available at the site.
Inari Lake (Inarijärvi) is Lapland's largest lake (about 40 x 80 km). The deepest point is 92 m. More than 50% of the area is not open water but a labyrinth of 3300 islands.
The lake is ideal for fishing and canoeing: you are alone and will not meet any person for weeks. The landscape is very nice because of the islands, but there are lots of mosquitoes.
Excursions can be booked and canoes and bikes can be rented from Inari Event Lapland, the safari shop next to Hotel Inari. There are also opportunities for horse riding and sleigh riding with huskies, depending on the season.
Hotel Inari, Inarintie 40, 99870 Inari, . 7 AM - midnight. edit Offers a restaurant with full menu at a reasonable price. Many of the courses are based on local produce such as reindeer, fish from Lake Inari, and berries.
There is a small café at the top floor of the Siida museum, featuring a lunch buffet and sandwiches.
Bear Caves. At the bear caves about 10kms outside Inari (in direction Ivalo) they offer meals from € 6.00.edit. It seems a bit like a tourist trap with the singing bear at the entrance.
Hotel Inari, Inarintie 40, 99870 Inari, . checkout: 12 AM. edit Free internet available in the reception area and nearby rooms. Rooms have different standards. Nice view over Lake Inari from some rooms.