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Ivalo (Sami: Avvil) is a town in Finnish Lapland.

Get in

By plane

Ivalo Airport (IATA: IVL) [1] is the northernmost airport in Finland. The only scheduled services are twice daily flights to Helsinki (1:40) on Finnair, although there are 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

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.

Get around

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


Virtually nothing. Ivalo is a little village with very little to see for the typical tourist. That's why most people head straight for Inari or Saariselkä.


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.


Eat An award-winning restaurant/pub that serves excellent hamburgers.

Pizzeria Kebab Deryan: A nice and clean pizza/kebab-restaurant. Try the reindeer pizza.



Get out

  • Inari, 38 km north from Ivalo

Routes through Ivalo
VardøInari  N noframe S  SaariselkäRovaniemi

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