Inari is a paradise for the outdoor enthusiast, having several of the largest and most popular national parks, like the Urho Kekkonen national park, right on our doorstep. Popular outdoor activities include hiking, fishing, skiing, hunting and orienteering. In late summer and early autumn many people gather berries and mushrooms for the winter. More information on our national parks

Everyman’s Rights

In Finland the public access rights to the land, independent of land ownership, are enshrined in the law. The so-called everyman’s rights allow everyone to enjoy certain outdoor pursuits without needing permission from the land owner. These right include:

 

  • walk, ski and snowshoe
  • camp for short periods
  • pick wild berries and mushrooms
  • Ice fish
  • boat

 

There are however restrictions to protect gardens, cultivated land and nature reserves. You will find more information here

Public gym

Vasantie 1, 99800 Ivalo

Access keys can be purchased at the public library or at the town hall

Swimming pools

There are two swimming pools in Inari. Holiday Club Saariselkä Spa, Europe’s northernmost spa and Ivalo public swimming pool, which is located on the premises of the Finnish Border Guards. Holiday Club Saariselkä Spa offers reduced entry fees for Inari residents, so please remember to mention if you are a resident upon paying.

Holiday Club Saariselkä Spa

Ivalo swimming pool (website in Finnish)

Sports Clubs

Lapin Sudet ry. – Multiple sports, including orienteering

Inarin Palloseura ry. – Floorball and other ballgames

Tunturi-Kiekko ry. – Ice hockeyInarin Yritys. - Skiing

Fishing

In Inari most of the waters are owned by the Finnish state. This means that you are allowed to fish, given you have paid the national fisheries management fee and possess a permit for the area you are intending to fish in. If you are fishing lakes owned by the state in Inari municipality with one rod only, it is usually sufficient to only pay the national fisheries management fee (45€ per year in 2019). For running water like rivers, you generally need an additional area permit.

Fishing permits are divided in two categories:

An angling permit allows you to lure fish, fly fish, ice angle and angle. A trap permit allows you to fish with nets or traps.

You can buy permits on-line or visit the Metsähallitus office in Ivalo:

Metsähallitus Ivalo Office

Ivalontie 10, 99800 Ivalo

Phone: +358 206 39 7701

E-mail: ivalo@metsa.fi

Metsähallitus is a state-owned enterprise, responsible for the management, use and development of state-owned land and water areas. For more information please check

Hunting

Hunting is a popular and socially acceptable hobby in Finland. Hunting is also required for game management. In order to hunt, you must pass an exam and obtain a Finnish hunting card, have permission from the owner of the hunting rights for the land, and a permission to keep firearms. For certain large game like moose, you must also pass a shooting test. More information here

Winter sports

There are a number of maintained cross-country skiing tracks in Inari (Juutuanvaara), Ivalo (Jänkävaara, Mukkavuopaja & Rajakangas) and Saariselkä. Finland’s northernmost downhill-skiing resort Saariselkä offers a total of 15 slopes and Finland’s longest toboggan slope. There are also maintained winter walking routes in Inari, Ivalo and Saariselkä.

Orienteering

Orienteering is a sport that challenges body and mind alike. It requires navigational skills using map and compass to navigate from checkpoint to checkpoint at speed, most commonly on foot. Inari’s local sports club, Lapin Sudet (Lapland Wolves) organises annual orienteering schools and from May to September weekly orienteering events, where you can improve your navigational skills.

Gold panning

The first gold rush in Lapland started in 1868, when gold was found on the banks of Ivalo River. Even today Inari municipality remains one of few areas in Europe where gold panning from surface soil is economically viable. To learn more about Inari’s golden past, you can visit the old Gold Station (Ivalojoen Kultala) built by the Finnish state on the banks of Ivalo river in 1870. In case you come down with acute gold fever, the Gold Prospectors Association of Finnish Lapland has several claims that are open to its members for exploration.