Northern Lights Holidays to Inari
The village of Inari resides in the Inari municipality in the far north east corner of Finnish Lapland in the midst of Europe’s untouched wilderness. It is an historical and cultural Sámi centre as well as a sought after remote tourist spot and Northern Lights hunting ground.
Evidence of people living in this remote area dates back almost 9000 years as indigenous Sámi set up communities along the banks of Lake Inari, the largest lake in Lapland. This river became the lifeblood for the Sámi population, utilised for ice fishing and close to herds of wandering reindeer that have made the neighbouring forested-fells their home.
The lake reaches over 90 metres in depth in its deepest spots and more than 50% of the area is not open water but a labyrinth of 3,300 islands. In the winter the lake is completely frozen and covered in a thick layer of snow, making it the ideal Arctic playground for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, husky safaris and cross-country skiing as well as ice fishing to seek out the famed whitefish that live there. A number of Northern Lights hunts also take place on the vast expanse of the Lake Inari.Read more
Inari is home to around 100 people as well as a handful of souvenir shops, cafés and hotels so is perfect for taking an afternoon walk to check out some locally crafted products and delicious Lappish dishes. As the centre for Sámi culture the village also has two wonderful cultural locations that are worth a visit.
The first is Sajos, an architecturally stunning building which is the Sámi cultural centre and seat of the Finnish Sámi Parliament. Next door to this is the renowned Sámi Siida Museum which displays a range of interactive exhibits of the history and culture of the Sámi population as well as information on the nature and seasonal cycle of Finnish Lapland.
We think Inari is a wonderful spot for a trip as it allows you to be in the centre of a small village with access to useful amenities, whilst at the same time being on the doorstep of a stunning forested-fell wilderness and the vast frozen expanse of Lake Inari. This means that by day you can explore at your leisure, whilst at night you are never far away from the ideal spot to seek out a potential dazzling Aurora display.
Image credit: Visit Finland, Riku Pihlanto