Vätsäri Wilderness Area Directions and Maps
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Vätsäri Wilderness Area is located behind Lake Inarijärvi, on the eastern side of the main road 4 (E75) from Ivalo to Kaamanen.
- Vätsäri Wilderness Area is located in the municipality of Inari, on the eastern side of Lake Inarijärvi. Road 971 from Kaamanen via Näätämö to Norway (120 km) runs along the northern shore of Lake Inarijärvi. The villages of Partakko, Sevettijärvi and Näätämö are located along the road. Road 969 from Ivalo to the village of Nellim goes to the southern side of the area. From Nellim, the road continues towards Kessi, and after the bridge over the River Paatsjoki it turns into a forest road, which ends a bit before Lake Kessijärvi.
- Driving directions to Siida.
By Public Transportation
There are daily flights (finavia.fi) from Helsinki to Ivalo.
Starting Points for Excursions
The villages of Nellim, Sevettijärvi and Näätämö are good starting places.
For boaters, the villages of Partakko and Nellim are recommended, because there are boat launch places in both. There are boat launch places also on the shores of Lake Inarijärvi. Boat harbours are in Inari, Veskoniemi and Nellim.
- Excursionmap.fi of Metsähallitus
Vätsäri Kessi Øvre Pasvik waterproof topographic map, 1:50 000, Karttakeskus 2020. The map is sold by Karttakeskus and by well-stocked bookstores.
Sevettijärvi Nuorgam Outdoor Map, 1:100 000, Karttakeskus 2014. The map is sold by Siida - Northern Lapland Nature Centre, Metsähallitus Customer Service in Ivalo and Karttakeskus.
Inarin osoite- ja virkistyskartta: Address and recreation map of Inari, 1:150 000, Lapland District Survey Office 2013. The map is sold by Siida - Northern Lapland Nature Centre and Metsähallitus Customer Service in Ivalo.
Outdoor GT Northern Finland, 2016, 1:400 000. Map is sold by Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.
- Maastokartat: Terrain maps nos W512, W514 and W523, 1:50 000, National Land Survey of Finland 2008 - 2009. The map is sold by Siida - Northern Lapland Nature Centre, Metsähallitus Customer Service in Ivalo and Karttakeskus.
Inarijärven veneilykartta: Lake Inarijärvi boating map, 1:50 000, Finnish Maritime Administration 2012. The map is sold by Siida - Northern Lapland Nature Centre and Metsähallitus Customer Service in Ivalo.
Inarijärvi Vätsäri Tsarmitunturi, water resistant map, 1:25 000 and 1:100 000, Calazo Förlag 2016. Map is sold for example by Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida, Saariselkä Customer Service Kiehinen and Ivalo Customer Service.