Ivalo (Sami: Avvil) is a town in Finnish Lapland.
Ivalo Airport (IATA: IVL)  is 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), but none to central Ivalo (17 km). Taxis to Ivalo, Utsjoki and Saariselkä cost around €17, €27 and €35 respectively.
Ivalo is along highway E75 from Utsjoki to Sodankylä and the railhead at Rovaniemi (3 hours away), and is thus served by any buses plying this route. Gluttons for punishment can even take a direct bus from Helsinki, which takes around 15 hours. There's a bus connection from Murmansk, Russia three times a week as well.
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: ivalo(at)metsa.fi
The Ivalo River (Ivalonjoki) nearby was the site of a gold rush in the 1870s, and some gold panners still try their luck. The former "Crown Station" Ivalonjoen 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 in Hammastunturi Wilderness Area, about 14 km from the nearest road (which is in bad condition), by Ivalonjoki. 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 nicer landscapes (it might be worthwhile to deviate from the route for some better views). The Ivalonjoki canyon and the rope bridge over it at Kultala are sights in themselves.
Ivalonjoki is a very nice canoeing route from Kuttura to Ivalo.
There are snowmobile routes passing by the village.
|Routes through Ivalo|
|Vardø ← Inari ←||N S||→ Saariselkä → Rovaniemi|