Description of Inari Hiking area Trails

Starting Points for Trails

 

Services for Boaters

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Easy Trails

Juutua Accessible Trail, 500 m /each way

Hiking Lean-to shelter Parking
 
Available all year around, travel time 1 hour. 
This accessible trail, which is suitable for families with children, is part of the Juutua Trail.
 

In summer, globeflowers blossom on the banks of the River Juutuanjoki and grayling leap in the river. In winter, you can travel along the illuminated trail and admire the beauty of the northern natural features.

Juutua Accessible Trail. Photo: Tuija Kangasniemi
 
Starting Point
Parking area by the side of Kittiläntie Road (number 955), about 2.5 km from the village of Inari, address Kittiläntie 156, Inari.
 
Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 68° 53.7205' lon: 26° 57.9799' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 7642693 E: 498647

The accessible trail runs from Kittiläntie Road to the bridge at the Jäniskoski Rapids. You can also travel along the trail by wheelchair, with an assistant, or by pram. The southern riverbank trail from the Saarikoski Rapids to the Jäniskoski Rapids is illuminated and will be cleared of snow in winter.
 
Hiking Structures
There are no structures accessible to all along the trail. Those using a wheelchair can access the Akselinlaavu lean-to shelter in Saarikoski, but the woodshed and dry toilet are not accessible to all.
 
Akselin lean-to shelter. Photo: Tuija Kangasniemi
 
Route Description
Route markings: The trail signs have been fixed onto lampposts.
 
The accessible section of the Juutua Trail runs from the side of Kittiläntie Road to the bank of the River Juutuanjoki. The trail is 500 metres long in each direction.
 
Please Note
The dry toilet and woodshed by the Akselinlaavu lean-to shelter are not accessible to all. The Juutua Accessible Trail is part of the Juutua Trail, which is about 5.8 km long. The information boards along the trail feature stories on travellers and events in the area.
 

Tuulijärvi Trail, 1.5 km /each way

Patikointi Esteetön puolikota Kuivakäymälä Pysäköintialue

Available all year around, travel time 1 hour. 

Lake Tuulijärvi is an excellent destination for families with children.

Lake Tuulijärvi is a legendary site for catching Arctic charr. On the lake shore, you will find a lean-to shelter for making a campfire and enjoying snacks. The destination is excellent in summer as well as during the ice-fishing season.

Trail to Tuulijärvi lake. Photo: Tuija Kangasniemi

Starting Point
At the Tuulispää Fell parking area, at a distance of about nine kilometres from the parish centre of Inari. From Inari, drive towards Ivalo for about six kilometres (E4) Inarijärventie 3261, 99800 Ivalo (Inari), from where turn to a gravel road that runs onto the summit of Tuulispää Fell. Continue along the gravel road for about 2.5 km to the parking area.  

Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 68° 51.3950' lon: 27° 7.5930' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 7638404 E: 505075.

There is a drytoilet at the parking area. Photo: Tuija Kangasniemi

Hiking Structures
Tuulijärvi lean-to shelter, including a dry toilet and woodshed.

Route Description
The trail has been marked with x signs.

The trail runs on a level fell terrain where the mountain birch and pine thrive. Return along the same trail. The total distance is three kilometres.

Please Note
The parking area is ploughed every year in mid-February.

 
 
 
 
 

Other Hiking Trails 0-10 km 

 

Five Senses Nature Trail, 2.5 km 

Available all year around, travel time 8 hours. 
A demanding trail that has not been marked but the idea is that you will look for the eleven control points that tell about the forests and history of the area, by means of GPS equipment and the coordinates. (www.luontoliitto.fi, in Finnish)
 

The control point tasks are suitable for summer hiking, but in winter, snowshoers can test their abilities to use GPS equipment as well as their own fitness on the challenging slopes.

 
Resting while climbing. Photo: Kirsi Ukkonen
 
Starting Point
Address: A parking area at the end of Rovajärventie Road (Rovajärventie 765, 99870 Inari).
 
Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 68° 52.9247' lon: 26° 46.8468' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 7641229 E: 491186.
 
Route Description
Route markings: The control points have been marked with red wooden poles on the terrain. They are located on Rovavaara Hill, on a varied and challenging terrain.
 
Please Note
The locations and descriptions of the control points as well as the tasks relating to them are available in a brochure (PDF, 5,9 Mt, www.luontoliitto.fi, in Finnish) regarding the trail. 
 

Rovajärvi - Otsamo Trail, 3 km (or longer 9-10 km)/ each way
 
   
 
When there is no snow on the ground, travel time 5 h or longer options 10 h.
The shorter trail is demanding, due to a steep ascent and stones along the route. The longer trail runs on an easier terrain.

The Otsamo Day-trip Hut is located on the fell top. It is a former fire warden's hut, including a lookout tower for finding forest fires. The views down to the village and to the vast open stretch of the lake are amazing!

 
Otsamo Day Trip Hut. Photo: Kirsi Ukkonen
 
Starting Point
The starting point of the trail is at the Rovajärvi parking area, at a distance of about 15 km from Inari. In order to go to Rovajärvi, drive from Inari for about two kilometres (to the north) along Road no. 4 (E75) and then turn onto Angelintie Road (no. 9553). Drive along Angelintie Road for about three kilometres, then turn to a gravel road that runs to Rovajärvi. Drive along the gravel road for nine kilometres.
 
Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 68° 52.9238' lon: 26° 46.8477' ETRS-TM35FIN N: 7641227 E: 491186.
 
For the longer trails, starting point can be also Youth & Holiday Centre Vasatokka, in Riutula, address Angelintie 696, 99870 Inari.
 
Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 68° 56.5085' lon: 26° 48.3558'  ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 7647886 E: 492218.
 
Hiking Structures 
Otsamo day trip hut and dry toilet. Take your own toilet paper with you.
 
Sights
Otsamotunturi Fell and the views that open out from the felltop in clear weather.
 
Hard climbing rewards you with a huge views. Photo: Tuija KangasniemiRoute Description
Route markings: The trail is marked with red wooden poles. 
 
The beginning of the trail leads through pine forest and crosses small mires. The last kilometre of the trail is a steep climb up through fell birch forest. The slope ends on an open fell top. The view in all directions from the top is astoundingly beautiful and makes the climb well worth it. The return journey is along the same trail making the hike 6 km in its entirety.
 
Longer Trail Riutula-Otsamo
You can start the Trail from Riutula, Youth & Holiday Centre Vasatokka, it goes via the lakes Saarijärvi and Konesjärvi to Otsamo. You can return on the same trail, which makes a 20-km-long trip altogether.
Route margins: red and orange wooden poles
 
Please Note
Hikers can also continue their treks to the centre of Inari (9 km) or to Youth & Holiday Centre Vasatokka, in Riutala (10 km).

Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church Trail, 5 km/each way 

Patikointi Paivatupa Esteetön puolikota Kuivakäymälä Pysäköintialue

Available when there is no snow on the gound, travel time 6 hours. 
The trail is stony and the roots make walking difficult.

Pielpajärvi Church was built between 1752 and 1760 and was in use till the end of the 19th century. During this period of time, the church was the centre of Inari. A few services are still held at the church every year and weddings are also held there.

Photo: Pasi Nivasalo

 
Starting Point
Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church Trail (=Pielpajärven erämaakirkon polku), 5 km, begins 3 km from the Northern Lapland Nature Centre, from the parking area on Sarviniementie road.
 
Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 68° 55.2854' lon: 27° 3.4706'ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 7645602 E: 502322
 
Hiking Structures 
Pielpajärvi day trip hut and campfire site; Pielpavuono Lapp pole tent. 
 
Sights 
The gorgeous wooden Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church, where weddings are still held.
 
The Trail is stony and covered with trees roots. Photo: Kirsi Ukkonen
Route Description
Route markings: Red wooden poles.
 
The trail goes into a handsome old-growth forest, passing by forest lakes. In the end of the trail you will reach a natural meadow, on the edge of which there is the well-preserved Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church. Returning on the same trail makes a 10-km-long trip altogether. From the church begins another trail, which goes to Pielpavuono Fjord 3 km away. In Pielpavuono Fjord, there is a boat landing place and a campfire place with shelter.
There is transport by boat to Pielpavuono Fjord in summer. 
 
 
 

Juutua Trail, 5.8 km Circle Trail

Available aroud year, travel time 4 hours. 
Suitable as a day trip for families and partly accessible to all.

Patikointi Esteetön puolikota Kuivakäymälä Pysäköintialue

The information boards along the trail feature stories on travellers and events in the area. So far, the Juutua Trail is the only nature trail where the texts are also in the Inari Sámi language. The illustrations are by Merja Aletta Ranttila, an artist from Inari.

On the southern side of the river is illuminated. Photo: Tuija Kangasniemi
 
Starting Point
Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 68° 54.4992' lon: 27° 0.8037' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 7644140  E: 500538 
 
Hiking Structures
Along the trail, there are information boards on the history of Juutua, a hanging bridge and two campfire sites. The southern riverbank trail from the Saarikoski Rapids to the Jäniskoski Rapids is illuminated and cleared of snow in winter.
 
Route Description
Route markings: Red and orange wooden poles.
The trail on the southern riverbank starts at Saarikoskentie Road, about one kilometre away from Siida. The starting point is on the left side of Saarikoskentie Road, just before the fish farm of the Natural Resources Institute Finland. After this, continue for roughly 600 metres until you arrive at a small clearing; cross it, and follow the trail. After roughly 300 metres, the trail turns left. At a distance of 2.2 kilometres from the start, you will arrive at the Akselinlaavu lean-to shelter. Proceeding from the lean-to shelter, it will be another 550 metres to the bridge at the Jäniskoski Rapids.
 
Jäniskoski Rapid. Photo: Tuija Kangasniemi
 
After the hanging bridge at Jäniskoski Rapids, the Juutua Trail runs along the northern riverbank and is marked with orange signs. By the Jäniskoski Rapids on the northern riverbank, you will find a campfire site and a lean-to shelter. About 100 metres from the lean-to shelter, the trail reaches a reindeer fence and continues for another 180 metres until it comes to an intersection of trails, where another trail branches off towards Otsamotunturi Fell. After hiking some 1.6 kilometres from the Jäniskoski lean-to shelter, you will arrive at a gravel road and follow it for about 600 metres. The trail then becomes narrower and continues uphill into a pine forest, reaching Highway E75/E4 just north of Siida.
 
Notice 
The northern trail section from the Jäniskoski Rapids to Kortelampi and Korteoja has been surfaced.
You can also end the Juutua Trail at Rovajärvi or at the Vasatokka Youth & Holiday Centre.

Other Hiking Trails over 10 km

 

Inari - Otsamo Trail, 9 km /each way

Patikointi Paivatupa Tulentekopaikka Kuivakäymälä Pysäköintialue

Available when there is no snow on the ground, travel time 8 h. 
An intermediate trail due to its steep ascent and stones along the route.
 
From the top of the fell, you get a great view over Lake Inarijärvi and the fells of Hammastunturit, Muotka and Lemmenjoki area. 
 
Photo: Kirsi Ukkonen
 
Starting Point
At the village of Inari, opposite to Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida.
 
Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 68° 54.6441' lon: 27° 0.6185' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 7644409  E: 500414 
 
Hiking Structures 
Along the trail, there are two campfire sites, and Otsamo day trip hut.
 
Pine forest In the beginning of the Juutua Trail. Photo: Tuija KangasniemiRoute Description
Route markings:The trail is marked with red wooden poles.
 
The first five kilometres, the trail follows the rushing Juutuanjoki River in a very old pine forest, after which it begins to go ascend. Going uphill, you reach the limit of the pine growth, and then the limit of the alpine birch. The top of Otsamotunturi Fell is open fell field. If you return along the same trail, it make an 18-km-long trip altogether.
 
Please Note
From the top, you can also continue to Riutula, which is 10 km away (see Riutula - Otsamo trail) or take a shortcut to the forest road at Rovajärvi (3 km). 
 

Cross-country Skiing Trails

 

Juutuanjoki Skiing Trail, 9 km

Hiihto huolletulla ladulla Paivatupa Tulentekopaikka Kuivakäymälä Pysäköintialue

Classic cross-country skiing

The cross-country skiing trails in the surrounding areas are maintained from mid-February to the end of April. The skiing trails are serviced 1-2 times per week. The length of the peak skiing season in late winter depends on the snow conditions.
 
Photo: Pasi Nivasalo
 
Starting Point
At the Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida.
 
Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 68° 54.5041' lon: 27° 1.1548' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 7644148 E: 500772
 
Hiking Structures
Haapakoski day trip hut and two campfire sites. 
 
Route Description
Route markings: Marked with blue sticks.
The skiing trail follows the southern bank of the Juutuanjoki River until the Haapakoski Rapids. There, it crosses the river and returns to Inari, meandering through the forests on the northern riverbank. If you prefer a shorter skiing trail (6.7 km), you can cross the river over the hanging bridge (carrying your skis) at the Jäniskoski Rapids and return along the northern riverbank to Inari.
 
Please Note
Skiing trails in the surrounding areas are maintained from mid-February to the end of April.

Inari - Otsamo Skiing Trail, 19 km

Hiihto huolletulla ladulla Paivatupa Kuivakäymälä Pysäköintialue
 
Classic cross-country skiing
 
Starting Point
Village of Inari, opposite to Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida. 
 
Coordinates: Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 68° 54.6440' lon: 27° 0.6173'ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 7644408 E: 500413
 
Hiking Structures
Otsamo day trip hut. 
 
Route Description
Route markings: Marked with blue sticks.
The trail runs, via Lake Ilkiäjärvi, to the slopes of Otsamotunturi Fell.
 
Please Note
Skiing trails in the surrounding areas are maintained from mid-February to the end of April. Check out the skiing trail condition from the Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida.
 

Inari - Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church Skiing Trail, 19.5 km

 
Hiihto huolletulla ladulla Paivatupa Tulentekopaikka Kuivakäymälä Pysäköintialue
 
Classic cross-country skiing
 
The Parish of Inari has traditionally held a family service at the wilderness church each Easter Saturday.
 
Pielpavuono Lapp pole tent. Photo: Pasi Nivasalo
 
Starting Point
At the Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida.
 
Coordinates:Euref-Fin (~ WGS84) lat: 68° 54.5984' lon: 27° 0.8934' ETRS-TM35FIN: N: 7644324  E: 500598
 
Hiking Structures
Pielpajärvi day trip hut and campfire site; Pielpavuono Lapp pole tent.
 
Sights 
 
Route Description
Route markings: Marked with blue sticks.
First, the skiing trail runs along a snowmobile track (that runs to the Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church) for six kilometres, after which the skiing trail continues as a separate route. The trail returns to Inari via Pielpavuono Fjord, along the ice of Lake Inarijärvi. 
 
Please Notice 
Observe the wind direction when travelling to the long skiing trail on the ice of Lake Inarijärvi.
 

Biking trails

Menesjärvi old road, 55 km 
 
Available when there is no snow on the ground, 1 - 2 days
 
Photo: Tuija KangasniemiStarting Point
Village of Inari, Inari-Kittilä Road (number 955), address Kittiläntie 37, 99870 Inari.
 
There are no marked biking trails in the Inari area, but the old road of Menesjärvi is popular among cyclists. It follows the old road going to Lake Menesjärvi, turns onto the road to Lake Solojärvi, and returns winding along the slopes on the western side of Vaamenseisomapää Fell towards Inari.
 
Please Note
The trail is not marked and there is no services available.
 

Canoeing Routes

 

Lake Inarijärvi offers a wide range of alternative routes for canoeists and rowers. The thousands of islands of the lake provide shelter, but there are also large open water areas. The longest route canoeing around the lake is about 250 km.

Swimming at lake Inarijärvi. Photo: Tuija KangasniemiThere are countless camping sites on the uninhabited shores and islands of the lake. There are also a few open wilderness hut, which can be used by canoeists and rowers.
It is important to bear in mind that the weather can change suddenly, and the canoe should be "seaworthy".
If going on a long canoeing trip, previous experience is required. It is also wise to pack some extra food, in case the weather changes and the trip lasts longer than expected.
 
Read about the Lake Inarijärvi canoeing route proposals

Snowmobile Tracks in the Inari Area 

During the winter, snow mobiles are a common mode of transport on Lake Inarijärvi, because the distances are long, and the ice on the lake is strong enough from December to May, in an average year. On the ice of Lake Inarijärvi, there are marked snow mobile tracks going to Nellim, Sevettijärvi and Ivalo. On the land, there are tracks to Utsjoki, Karigasniemi and Ivalo via Hammasjärvi. It is possible to get as far as to the Arctic Sea along the snow mobile tracks. 
 
Nature miracles; readymade snowballs. Photo: Petteri Polojärvi
 
Even though you may snowmobile freely in water areas covered by ice, it is safest to keep on the trails. The snowmobile tracks are annually marked on the ice of Lake Inarijärvi, usually after the Epiphany holiday, and are removed by the turn of April and May, depending on the weather conditions. Sometimes they are removed immediately after Easter.

 

If using the snow mobile tracks on the land, you need to obtain the track permit of Metsähallitus. Permits can be obtained from Siida - Northern Lapland Nature Centre in Inari, from Ivalo Customer Service and Eraluvat.fi -website.

Customer service

Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida
Tel. int. + 358 206 39 7740
siida(at)metsa.fi

Ivalo Customer Service
Tel. int. +358 206 39 7701
ivalo(at)metsa.fi

Services Offered by Partners in Inari Hiking Area

Services provided by entrepreneurs in Inari Hiking Area include accommodation, guided tours and the rental of canoeing equipment, bicycles and snowshoes.

Parking Areas

  • Inarintie no 4 (E75), Inari
  • Kittiläntie no 955, Inari

More precise parking area addresses are not available.

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