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Finnish Lapland : Inari
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Inari [7] 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 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.

Get in

The nearest airport is in Ivalo. 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 [8], 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. Canoes and bikes can be rented from the shop next to Hotel Inari. There are also opportunities for horse riding and sleigh riding with huskies, depending on the season.


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).


  • Hotel Inari, Inarintie 40, 99870 Inari, [1]. 7 AM - midnight. 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. . It seems a bit like a tourist trap with the singing bear at the entrance.


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


  • Hotel Inari, Inarintie 40, 99870 Inari, [3]. checkout: 12 AM. 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 [9]
  • Vasatokka, Angelintie 696, +358 16 670 7960, [4]. A modern and comfortable hostel about 10km outside Inari € 30.
  • 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.

Get out

  • Tankavaara, (100 km to the south, on E75), [6]. 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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