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Inari [8] is a small village in Finnish Lapland, on the shore of Lake Inari.


Because Inari is located 300 km north of the Arctic Circle, there is Midnight Sun from late May to late July. The last ice from Lake Inari disappears at the end of May. Even in July, the average temperature is only about 17°C. Sometimes, like in summer 2018, there are long periods of hot weather, when temperatures can even reach +30 degrees Celsius.

In autumn trees and shrubs are full of bright colours.

Inari is a great place to observe northern lights, auroras. In wintertime the polar night("kaamos") lasts from late November til the first week of January. At that time there are beautiful shades of pink and blue colours in the sky, and the nature is incredibly beautiful. During sunny spring the snowy scenery is full of bright sunlight.

Inari is the biggest municipality in Finland by area. Information about Inari Municipality: - Established in 1876 - Finland´s largest municipality; total area 17,334 km2 - Protected areas: 10,948 km2 (72.2 % of the land area) - Population 6874 (31.12.2017) - Borders Norway and Russia - Main industries: tourism, cold climate testing, forestry, reindeer husbandry, fishing - Four official languages; Finnish, North Sámi, Inari Sámi and Skolt Sámi - The biggest villages in Inari municipality are Ivalo, Inari, Saariselkä, Kaamanen, Nellim, Lemmenjoki, Sevettijärvi and Näätämö

Get in[edit]

The nearest airport is in Ivalo. There is a bus connection between Ivalo Airport and Inari village through Ivalo. You can find links to timetables and information about bus connections, rental cars, taxis and charter bus services on the municipal website. By car, the easiest way to get from southern Finland is by car train to Rovaniemi. Inari lies along road E75, but it's over 15 hours by bus from Helsinki.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Siida [9], 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.
Lake Inari

A view from Ukonkivi, Lake Inari
  • Northern lights

Do[edit][add listing]

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.

Ukko's rock

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are two supermarkets and a gas station in the city centre. The K-Market also serves as post office and pharmacy. Several dedicated souvenir shops are located along the main road (E75).

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Inari, Inarintie 40, 99870 Inari, [1]. 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.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Inari, Inarintie 40, 99870 Inari, [2]. until 3 AM (in the summer).  edit Large assortment of liquors and spirits.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Inari, Inarintie 40, 99870 Inari, [3]. 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.
  • Hotel Inarin Kultahovi [10]
  • Vasatokka, Angelintie 696, +358 16 670 7960, [4]. A modern and comfortable hostel about 10km outside Inari € 30.  edit
  • Villa Lanca, Kittilän Ratsutie 2, +358 40 748 09 84, [5]. Cute guesthouse with great decorations and breakfast. Ask about the hostel they operate down the road.  edit
  • Inari Holiday Village, Inarintie 26, +358 16 671 108, [6]. Holiday village with cabins and camping. Breakfast possibility.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Tankavaara, (100 km to the south, on E75), [7].  edit Gold village with activities, museum, restaurant, and accomodation.
  • The ski and spa resort of Saariselkä, 70 kilometers to the south

Routes through Inari
VardøUtsjoki  N noframe S  IvaloRovaniemi

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