Hiking Trails

  • Trekkers at Piilola Trail. Photo: Pasi NivasaloA 2.7-km-long marked trail leads to Nellim's log-floating flume. The starting point for the trail is located by the road running from Nellim to Virtaniemi at a distance of about four kilometres from Nellim.
  • The Piilola Trail, 35 km, connects Norway's Øvre Pasvik National Park and the Vätsäri Wilderness Area. The northern starting point for the trail is located by the shores of Lake Sortbryststjern in the northeastern part of the Øvre Pasvik National Park, and the southern starting point for the trail is situated along Kessintie Road in the southern part of the Vätsäri Wilderness Area. The magnificent Piilola Trail passes through the rocky, pine-dominated heath forest. The mires, lakes and small rivers lend variety to the landscape. Because of its wilderness-like character, the Piilola Trail is very demanding and not suitable for beginners.

Cross-country Skiing Trails

Cross-country skiing is allowed anywhere in the area. The snowmobile tracks of the local inhabitants may be utilised if the snow is soft. There is also a 3-km illuminated cross-country skiing trail at the village of Nellim.

Boating and Canoeing Routes

  • Lake Inarijärvi is ideal for canoeing. There are boat harbours at Inari, Veskoniemi and Nellim, and several boat launching ramps. The routes have been marked and the Lake Inarijärvi boating map will facilitate navigation. When travelling around Lake Inarijärvi, please note that the weather on this large arctic lake may change rapidly.
  • Nellim Water Route (in Finnish)

Snowmobile Trails and Tracks

  • A snowmobile track runs from the village of Nellim to Ivalo and across the Vätsäri Wilderness Area to Nitsijärvi and Sevettijärvi. More information and permits can be obtained from Siida - Northern Lapland Nature Centre and Metsähallitus Ivalo Customer Service.
  • Muotkavaara is a popular snowmobile destination. You may visit Muotkavaara on guided snowmobile safaris only, as Muotkavaara is located in the frontier zone.

Dogs must be kept on a leash! Photo: Seppo Leinonen.

Dogs must be kept on a leash!