Difference between revisions of "Ivalo"
Revision as of 17:34, 30 August 2014
Ivalo (Sami: Avvil) is a town in Finnish Lapland.
Ivalo Airport (IATA: IVL)  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.
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 15 hours. There's a bus connection from Murmansk, Russia three times a week as well.
Since it is a small town, it is very easy to walk everywhere. There are bicycle paths along the main road.
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.
Pubi.fi: An award-winning restaurant/pub that serves excellent hamburgers.
Pizzeria Kebab Deryan: A nice and clean pizza/kebab-restaurant. Try the reindeer pizza.