IvaloFinnish Lapland. It is the administrative centre for the municipality of Inari, with half the population and e.g. the health care centre. The municipality, at , 5 % of the country, is the largest in Finland.
Ivalo Airportis the northernmost airport in Finland. The only scheduled services are twice daily flights to Helsinki (1:40) on Finnair, although there are many charter flights from all over Europe during the Christmas/New Year peak tourism season. The airport has a regular bus service to Saariselkä (25 km, 20 min, €7,50). To get to Ivalo, there's an online bookable transport service from the airport and Ivalo and onto Inari. This service must be booked in advance. There will be a minibus or coach (depending on how many passengers have pre-booked), which meets every incoming Finnair flight. Stops at most hotels and guest houses and also connects to all departing Finnair flights. Taxis to Ivalo and Saariselkä cost around €17 and €35 respectively.
By busIvalo is along highway 4 E75 from Norway via Utsjoki to Sodankylä and to the railhead at Rovaniemi (3 hours away), and is thus served by any buses plying this route, including connections from/via Karigasniemi and Näätämö. Gluttons for punishment can even take a direct bus from Helsinki, which takes around 15 hours. There's a bus connection from Murmansk, Russia as well.
By carThe above mentioned highway 4 from Helsinki can of course also be driven by car.
The northern limit for spruce is near the town. Here are still some big spruces, while few non-planted ones grow much to the north.
There is a Metsähallitus Customer Service in Ivalo, which has information on state-owned lands in the municipalities of Inari and Utsjoki, especially about hiking possibilities. They also sell maps, fishing and hunting permits and take reservations for rental cabins in wilderness areas. Address Ivalontie 10, phone +358 205 64 7701, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ivalo River (Ivalojoki) nearby was the site of a gold rush in the 1870s, and some gold panners still try their luck. The former "Crown Station" Ivalojoen Kultala has been restored and is open for visitors (without fee). There is also an open wilderness hut and a rental hut at the site. Kultala is at Ivalojoki in Hammastunturi Wilderness Area, about 14 km from the nearest road (which is in bad condition). The recommended route (via the road to Kuttura) passes the gold panning area at the river Sotajoki, which is quite a sight, with unorganized caravan camping and machine dug holes in the stony river banks. There are historic gold villages also here, with huts and some other facilities for visitors. Farther from the road the route passes through nice landscapes (it might be worthwhile to deviate from the route for some hilltop views). The Ivalojoki canyon and the rope bridge over it at Kultala are sights in themselves.
Ivalojoki is a very nice canoeing route from Kuttura to Ivalo.
There are snowmobile routes passing by the village.
In or near the centre(walking distance)
phone: +358 16 688 111address: Ivalontie 34
phone: +358 16 320 8800address: Petsamontie 1
phone: +358 16 677 601address: Näverniementie 17Camping, cottages and apartments.
phone: +358 16 66 33 77address: Hirviniementie 65