Karigasniemi (Northern Sámi: Gáregasnjárga) is a village in Finnish Lapland, in the municipality of Utsjoki. It's located on the eastern (right) bank of the Inarinjoki (Anárjohka) river, which also is the border to Norway. Somewhat downstream Inarijoki meets Karasjoki (Kárášjohka) to form Tenojoki (Deatnu, Tana).
The Sámi are the majority in Karigasniemi. Some have traditionally got their livelihood mainly from fishing in the river – but income has always come from many sources – others from large scale reindeer husbandry. Both traditions are strong in the area, although, of course, modern occupations are common and people live modern lives in many respects. Tourism is important.
Tenojoki is the most productive of the salmon rivers in northern Europe, giving 15–20 percent of all salmon caught in European rivers. There are 9,000 fishing tourists annually at the river, catching a yearly average of 40 tonnes of salmon.
The village got connected by road in the 1940s. There is an old postal route through Muotkatunturit Wilderness Area to the south-east.
There are daily coaches along road 92 from Rovaniemi via Ivalo and Inari, some continuing to Karasjok, Alta and Nordkapp. For Utsjoki there is a transfer at Kaamanen (for coaches along E75).
Crossing the border is undramatic because of Nordic cooperation and the Schengen agreement. Norway is not part of EU, though, and different legislation apply, so goods may need to be declared, pets need to have their papers in order and fishermen and boaters need a certificate about disinfection. There is a common customs office at the Finnish side.
Most services are very close together near the road crossing. The old village is 3 km along the road upstream.
Taxi service Tomme Rasmusphone: +358 400-386-677
Sáivuphone: +358 40 7286 822The house of the village association, with tourist information (summertime), café, Internet connection, summertime "reality TV" from underwater cameras showing salmon in real time. Riverside sauna.
- Northern lights. The area has some 70 % probability of northern lights any night with clear skies, with best chance about 10PM to midnight. It should be easy to get out of the light pollution area. Try to get a clear view to the north. Local businesses should be able to arrange overnight tours with equipment to withstand the cold (in summer nights are too light). Even if you do not see the aurorae, such a tour is bound to be a worthwhile experience.
FishingTenojoki is rich in salmon. Several businesses offer fishing trips (see Sleep below). Going on your own is possible, given you pay the fishing fees and respect regulations, which vary by area. More information from local tourist businesses or Ylä-Teno fishing surveyors Niilo A. Rasmus +358 40 843 9094 and Jorma Harlin +358 40 843 9093. The tributaries and lakes are not included in the Teno permits and fishing is restricted in many waters; separate permits are available for some areas, either from landowners or the "Utsjoki 1574" permit for fishing in still waters in much of the wilderness areas. Fishing equipment, including boat and boots, have to be disinfected (e.g. by sufficient drying or at a disinfection point; get a certificate) when coming from other waters, because of the Gyrodactylus salaris parasite in many other Nordic waters.
- Mustakoski (Cáhppesguoika): day huts, campfire site; 6.2 km upstream.
- Kuivaniva (Goikenjavvi): lean-to; 9.8 km upstream.
- Kuoppaniva (Guohppenjavvi): parking lot, signed trail to fishing site; 13.7 km upstream.
- Doarrovasbákti: day hut; 15 km upstream.
Sulaoja nature trail2 km nature trail in hilly terrain at the holy source of Sulaoja (Suttesjohka; "non-freezing stream"), telling also about the autumnal moth (Epirrita autumnata), which in 1965–1966 destroyed vast expanses of fell birch forest.
Kevo routeHiking trail (63 or 78 km) through the Kevo canyon in Paistunturi Wilderness Area. Demanding: rough terrain, steep sections, fords. The canyon and its surroundings are a strict nature reserve; trails have to be followed (except in winter), no entrance to the canyon 1.4–14.6. There are huts and shelters for breaks and overnight stays, camping is allowed at those sites. The trail ends at Lake Kenesjärvi, 26 km south of Utsjoki by E75.
K-market Härkönenphone: +358 16 676 241address: Ylätenontie 24Grocery store. Also some pharmacy services.
Ailigas-marketphone: +358 16 676 126Grocery store (Tarmo). Also petrol. Kotipizza pizza meals.
K-Extra Pohjanrinnephone: +358 16 676 110address: Ylätenontie 30Grocery store with outdoor gear and car equipment. Also postal, Matkahuolto and filling station services.
Giehtta Dáiduphone: +358 40 527 4746address: Reistintie 31Handicraft from reindeer.
phone: +358 40 484 8171address: Ylätenontie 32Accommodation, restaurant, fishing permits, boat rental, hunting trips.
phone: +358 16 676 232Cottages; tours and equipment rental (canoe, riverboat, cross-country skis etc.) for guests.
phone: +358 16 676 088address: Rovisuvannontie 59Accommodation, food, boat, rower; fishing, hunting and hiking tours.
phone: +358 16 676 200address: KuoppanivaCottages, camping, tours and fishing permits.
address: Tenontie 7140At a good fishing location. Accommodation (rooms, cottages, camping); fishing permits; boats, motors and equipment for rent; rowing service; willow grouse hunting.
Mobile phone coverage is good along road 92, but weak in the river valleys. In the wilderness, climb peaks to get connected.