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Ivalo (Northern Sami: Avvil, Inari Sami: Avveel, Skolt Sami: Âˊvvel) is a town in Finnish Lapland.


Ivalo is the administrative centre of the vast Inari municipality and most of the services of the municipality are located here. As well as almost half of the population. For most tourists Ivalo is just a place to sleep or fill resources.

Even though Inari municipality is Sámi area, the Ivalo town is mostly Finnish. There is a very small military base close to the town so you may occasionally see some conscripts or military personnel hanging around.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Ivalo Airport (IATA: IVL) [1] is the northernmost airport in Finland. There are scheduled flights from Helsinki by Finnair (twice a day) and Norwegian (thrice a day) depending on the season. There are also many charter flights from all over Europe during the Christmas/New Year peak tourism season. The airport has a regular bus service to Saariselkä (25 km, 20 min, €7,50), but none to central Ivalo (17 km). Taxis to Ivalo, Utsjoki and Saariselkä cost around €17, €27 and €35 respectively.

By bus[edit]

Ivalo is along highway E75 from Utsjoki to Sodankylä and the railhead at Rovaniemi (3 hours away), and is thus served by any buses plying this route. Gluttons for punishment can even take a direct bus from Helsinki, which takes around 19 hours.

One-way bus ticket from Rovaniemi to Ivalo is about 54 euros and from Helsinki to Ivalo about 110 euros.

There has been a bus connection from Ivalo to Murmansk (in Russia) but it doesn't seem to work in 2019 anymore.

Get around[edit]

Since it is a small town, it is very easy to walk everywhere. There are bicycle paths along the main road.

See[edit][add listing]

Ivalo is a little town with very little to see for the typical tourist. That's why most people head straight for much more interesting destinations like Inari or Saariselkä.

  • Ivalojoki River is the perfect location for canoeing and fishing in the summer, and snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in the winter.
  • Ivalojoki Beach Ivalo’s village centre boasts the best beach in Ivalojoki – a unique feature in these latitudes.
Ivalojoki Beach

Do[edit][add listing]

The Ivalo River nearby was the site of a gold rush in the 1870s, and some gold panners still try their luck.

The cinema theater Aslak shows all the newest movies.

Buy[edit][add listing]

The gold rush or Sámi related souvenirs. There is Alko in the town.

Eat[edit][add listing] An award-winning restaurant/pub that serves excellent hamburgers.

Anjan Pizza: A nice and clean pizza/kebab-restaurant. Try the reindeer pizza.

Lauran Grilli: A burger diner. They also serve kebabs, sausage snacks and pizza.

Bistro at K-Supermarket: Bistro style meals, pizzas and coffee.

Restaurant Lapin YÖ: Lappish cuisine with river views.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Kultahippu Hotelli

Hoteli Ivalo

Get out[edit]

  • Inari, 38 km north from Ivalo
  • Nellim - a cozy village in the middle of nowhere

Routes through Ivalo
VardøInari  N noframe S  SaariselkäRovaniemi

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