Nellim is located on the southeastern corner of Lake Inarijärvi, close to the Russian border. Traditionally, the region has been inhabited by the Inari Sámi people. In the 1920s and the 1930s, the large logging sites attracted Finnish settlers and, after the Second World War, the Skolt Sámi people who had been evacuated from Petsamo were resettled in the Nellim area. Nellim then became the meeting point of three cultures.
The Nellim area, which is located in the eastern part of the municipality of Inari, belongs to the Skolt Sámi dwelling area
A large part of the Nellim forests have been in commercial use since the 1920s, when the large logging sites came into operation. The area is best suited for day trips and is a good starting point for setting off to the Lake Inarijärvi as well as on longer trips to the Vätsäri and Tsarmitunturi wilderness.