Canoeing Instructions

  • There are a large number of private cabins at Lake Inarijärvi and it is not appropriate to land close to them.
  • When moving around nature, you must follow everyman's rights (
  • Canoeists must watch out for motor boats on the narrow straits, as their wakes could make them capsize. Motor boats must not veer off of the narrow route or they may run onto the rocks.


Apart from canoeing, you can also go fishing, as Lake Inarijärvi is a treasure for trolling and casting enthusiasts.


Mobile Phone Coverage

  • Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there are some areas along the Inarijärvi lake area without signal. There may also be some smaller spots where there is interference. If this happens try to climb to a higher place or go into an open area. It may be worth removing the SIM card from your phone and then trying again to make emergency call. Different phones also differ in their coverage.
  • We recommend that you keep your mobile phone warm at all times and take along food and drink. Certain phone models do not work when the temperature falls below zero. You should therefore let someone know your planned route. To keep your mobile phone charged, bring along a spare power source, a spare battery or an old phone with a working battery.

Safety Tips

  • Keep your mobile (and matches) in a waterproof box in your pocket.
  • Do not set off without a boating map and a compass.
  • Always wear a life jacket when canoeing.
  • The water in the lake is cold, so take care not to end up in the water. Even good swimming skills do not guard against hypothermia.
  • Make sure that there is some rope, fixing tools and a spare paddle in your kayak.
  • Take enough warm and windproof clothing with you, including warm headgear and gloves. Rubber mittens keep the inner gloves dry. Pack your clothes in a waterproof package.
  • Take mosquito repellent with you.
  • Make sure you pack a first-aid kit.
  • Inform your family, friends or the Siida Northern Lapland Nature Centre of your route plan. Also remember to let them know when you will return. Write your name and the planned route in the guestbook at the open wilderness huts, as this information is helpful if you get lost.
  • Note that you are travelling in a wide lake wilderness area where it takes time to get any help. The general emergency number for all emergencies is 112.
  • If you face an emergency on your hike, e.g. get lost, get injured or observe wildfire, call 112 and report an emergency. More information on how to act in an emergency.
  • More information about safety at the Hiking in Finland webpages.

Peak Seasons

  • The boating season starts in early June and continues until the end of September. The weather is best for canoeing from July–August.
  • Mosquitoes are at their most prevalent from 25 June–15 July. If you camp on the terrain, avoid still spots, mires and shrubs. Mosquitoes avoid the open islands located on the edge of the open waters.
  • High Seasons
    • There are many boaters on the lake in July–August, but only a few in June and September.

Emergency number 112

In case of an emergency along the way, for example if you get lost or injured or see a forest fire, dial 112. Detailed instructions.