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Airport Taxi Transfers

TAXI TRANSFERS BETWEEN IVALO AIRPORT AND INARI VILLAGE

Taxi driver will wait for you at the airport with your name sign upon your flight arrival.

The departures back to the airport from Inari leave 2-2,5hrs before flight departures.

Please remember to inform your flight details, pick up and drop off location.

Transfers need to be pre-booked at least 2 days in advance.

Price starting from 147€ / one way. 
Taxi bookings by requests via email.

Taxi driver will wait for you at the airport with your name sign upon your flight arrival.

The departures back to the airport from Inari leave 2-2,5hrs before flight departures.

Please remember to inform your flight details, pick up and drop off location.

Transfers need to be pre-booked at least 2 days in advance.

Price starting from 147€ / one way. 
Taxi bookings by requests via email or below contact form.

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Kirkenes Transfers

Daily transfers between Finland and Kirkenes, Norway

Kirkenes transfer is shared shuttle transfer with set time schedule and made by minibus or coach.

Pick up and drop off from: Kiilopää, Hotel Kakslauttanen, Saariselkä, Ivalo, Inari, Kirkenes airport, Kirkenes hotels and Hurtigruten harbour.

Rates and bookings

For any bookings please provide the following information:
full name, participant amount, pick up place, drop off place, telephone number and email address.

If your destination for pick up or drop off is Aurora Village Ivalo, please choose product Ivalo Airport – Kirkenes or Kirkenes – Ivalo Airport.

Kindly note, the rate is informed for maximum 4 persons per journey/booking. The rate is the same if you are 1, 2, 3 or 4 persons. We do not combine separate bookings.  

From Finland to Norway

Please note that drop off times are estimated and can vary from a few minutes to 30 minutes. Pick up times are more specific. 

6:45 – Kiilopää
6:50 – Kakslauttanen 
7:00 – Saariselkä hotels
7:30 – Ivalo ja Ivalo airport
8:00 – Inari
10:30 – Kirkenes airport (Norwegian time)
11:00 – Kirkenes hotels (Norwegian time)
11:15 – Kirkenes harbour (Norwegian time)

Inari-Kirkenes

382 €/booking (1-4 persons) until 30.9.2024 

393 €/booking (1-4 persons) from 1.10.2024 – 30.9.2026

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Ivalo-Kirkenes

396 €/booking (1-4 persons) until 30.9.2024

408 €/booking (1-4 persons) from 1.10.2024 – 30.9.2026

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Ivalo airport – Kirkenes

408 €/booking (1-4 persons) until 30.9.2024

420 €/booking (1-4 persons) from 1.10.2024 – 30.9.2026

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Saariselkä – Kirkenes

447 €/booking (1-4 persons) until 30.9.2024

460 €/booking (1-4 persons) from 1.10.2024 – 30.9.2026

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Kakslauttanen – Kirkenes

466 €/booking (1-4 persons) until 30.9.2024

480 €/booking (1-4 persons) from 1.10.2024 – 30.9.2026

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Kiilopää – Kirkenes

486 €/booking (1-4 persons) until 30.9.2024

501 €/booking (1-4 persons) from 1.10.2024 – 30.9.2026

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From Norway to Finland

Please note that drop off times are estimated and can vary from a few minutes to 30 minutes. Pick up times are more specific. 

11:30 – Kirkenes harbour (Norwegian time)
11:45 – Kirkenes hotels in center area (Norwegian time)
12:00 – Snowhotel Kirkenes (Norwegian time)
12:15 – Kirkenes airport (Norwegian time)
16:00 – Inari (Finnis time)
17:00 – Ivalo (Finnish time)
17:15 – Ivalo airport (Finnish time)
18:00 – Saariselkä hotels (Finnish time)
18:15 – Kakslauttanen (Finnish time)
18:30 – Kiilopää (Finnish time)

Kirkenes – Inari

382 €/booking (1-4 persons) until 30.9.2024 

393 €/booking (1-4 persons) from 1.10.2024 – 30.9.2026

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Kirkenes – Ivalo

396 €/booking (1-4 persons) until 30.9.2024

408 €/booking (1-4 persons) from 1.10.2024 – 30.9.2026

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Kirkenes – Ivalo airport

408 €/booking (1-4 persons) until 30.9.2024

420 €/booking (1-4 persons) from 1.10.2024 – 30.9.2026

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Kirkenes – Saariselkä

447 €/booking (1-4 persons) until 30.9.2024

460 €/booking (1-4 persons) from 1.10.2024 – 30.9.2026

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Kirkenes – Kakslauttanen

466 €/booking (1-4 persons) until 30.9.2024

480 €/booking (1-4 persons) from 1.10.2024 – 30.9.2026

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Kirkenes – Kiilopää

486 €/booking (1-4 persons) until 30.9.2024

501 €/booking (1-4 persons) from 1.10.2024 – 30.9.2026

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Airport Shuttle Bus

Currently Airport shuttle bus is not available neither for summer nor winter. Please book taxi transfer for the time being.

Ilmari Slant´s Airport shuttle bus departures from Ivalo airport 20min after flight arrivals.
The shuttle bus waits outside the terminal by a Inari/Ivalo sign.Usually departures from Inari are 2,5hrs before flight departure time. Exact timing to be confirmed after booking. Shuttle bus is going to most of the flights.

After booking, you’ll receive a separate confirmation email with confirmed timetable for transfer.

Pick up and Drop off from/to Hotel Inari, Crow Creek Cabins, Holiday Village Inari and Lake Inari Mobile Cabins 

Please remember to inform your flight details, pick up and drop off location upon booking.

Transfers need to be pre-booked latest previous day before 3pm.

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Kirkenes-Inari: Twice as Fun

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One package with two countries to explore

Get the best on both sides of the border: in Finland you visit Inari with its Sami culture and join a traditional reindeer safari. In Norway you will explore a spectacular frozen fjord on a King Crab safari and visit the snowhotel.

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Package includes
  • 1 night in Hotel Inari & 1 night at hotel in Kirkenes
  • Breakfast, 1 King Crab meal & 1 dinner
  • Winter outdoor clothing during activities (boots, overall, mittens, socks, hat)
  • Transfer Inari-Kirkenes (or vice versa)
  • Siida entrance ticket
Following activities
  • Traditional Reindeer Sleigh ride
  • King Crab Safari inclusive King Crab dinner
  • Snowhotel visit inclusive dinner

Package Description

  • DAY 1

    Individual arrival in Inari and check in at Hotel Inari. Pick up at hotel 13.30 for activity.

    Activity: Traditional reindeer sleigh ride
    Take a step back in time as you sit in a wooden sleigh gently pulled by a reindeer. Listen to the silence of the snowy forest and expe- rience the old traditional Sámi way of travelling. There will be a chance to warm up by the fire with hot juice before being transferred back to the village. 15.00 back at hotel.

    Independent visit to Sámi museum & Nature centre Siida. Overnight stay in Hotel Inari.

  • Snowhotel Kirkenes bedroom

    DAY 2

    Breakfast. 08.00 Pick up at hotel and transfer to Kirkenes, arrival time at hotel 11.15. 

    Pick up at hotel 13.00 for activity.

    Activity: King Crab safari incl. meal
    King Crab Safari by snowmobile sledge on the fjord ice. King Crab catch and delicious king crab meal will be served on this tour. This is your chance to catch, learn how to cook, and most importantly eat this mysterious creature. The journey will culminate in a warm, rustic farmhouse restaurant by the fjord, where you will enjoy a feast, served the Norwegian way – fresh, juicy and irresistible! The portions are generous, so no one will leave the table hungry. Transfer to Snowhotel with arrival 17.15. 

    Activity: Visit Kirkenes Snowhotel incl. dinner

    The rooms are build of snow and there is an average temperature of -4 C inside. You get a local dinner in the restaurant (warm part of the hotel)
    (Optional: overnight stay at Snowhotel )

    21.00 back at hotel.

  • DAY 3

    Breakfast and check out

    *the sequence of activities may change. The programme can be turned around with Kirkenes first and stay in Inari.

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  • Duration

    2 nights/3 days
  • Note

    • Rates are based on a booking of min. 2 adults
    • The providers reserve the right to change the program due to safety, weather conditions etc.
    • For snowmobile safari, the driver of a snowmobile has to be at least 18 years old of age with a valid driver’s license.

Rates

  • 1050 €/person in Standard double room
  • 1114 €/person in Superior double room
    (In Inari superior includes own sauna and in Kirkenes a fjord view)                       
Optional
  • Overnight stay at Snowhotel or high-standard cabin “Gamme” incl. breakfast and dinner +111 EUR per person
  • King crab safari incl. snowmobile driving on the fjord +32 EUR per person
  • Package can be extended with more days

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Highlights of Inari

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A week of adventures in North Lapland surrounded by arctic nature

Explore surrounding nature with our professional guides.
Glimpse of authentic Lapland and way of living in high North. Get familiar with Sámi culture through Siida Sámi museum and our reindeer programs. And don’t forget to chase the mythical Northern lights – The vast Lake Inari is a perfect place for that!

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Package includes
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
    Half board (from dinner Day 1 to breakfast Day 8)
  • Winter equipment (boots, overall, mittens, socks, hat)
  • Transfer from Ivalo airport to Inari and return
  • Siida entrance ticket
  • Free use of snowshoes or cross-country skis for 1 day
  • Aurora info
Following activities
  • Winter Fishing trip, 4 hours
    (2 persons/snowmobile – supplement for single driving: 45 €/person)
  • Northern Lights Search with Reindeer, 2 hours
  • Husky Safari, 3 hours (2 persons/ sleigh)
  • Arctic Night Snowshoe hike, 3 hours
  • Cross country ski school, 2 hours
  • Aurora Hunting by Car, 4 hours
  • Available

    1 Dec 2024 – 31 Mar 2025

  • Duration

    7 nights/8 days
  • Note

    • All meals are served in Hotel Inari. (500m from Holiday Village Inari)
    • The providers reserve the right to change the program due to safety, weather conditions etc.
    • All our activities include guiding in English, insurance, VAT and pick up from Holiday Village Inari (excluding Aurora info).
    • For snowmobile safaris, the driver of a snowmobile has to be at least 18 years old of age with a valid driver’s license.
    • Self-liability fee is max. 900 €/ snowmobile, in case of accident.

    Christmas & New Year supplement for 17 Dec – 5 Jan: 76 EUR / person

    Full description of the package.

Rates

  • Hotel Inari

    Standard room
    • 1855 € / person in Standard double/twin room
    • 2404 € / person in Standard single room
    Superior room with own sauna
    • 2042 € / person in Superior double/twin room
    • 2713 € / person in Superior single room
    Glass balcony room
    • 2264 € / person in Glass balcony double/twin room
    • 3222 € / person in Glass balcony single room
  • Holiday Village Inari

    Panorama cabin
    • 2329 € / person in Panorama cabin double/twin share
    • 3402 € / person in Panorama cabin single use
    Inari Sauna Studio
    • 2329 € / person in Inari Sauna Studio double/twin share
    • 3402 € / person in Inari Sauna Studio single use
    Inari Sauna Suite
    • 2638 € / person in Inari Sauna Suite double/twin share
    • 4020 € / person in Inari Sauna Suite single use
    Aurora cabin
    • 3105 € / person in Aurora cabin double/twin share
    • 4954 € /person in Aurora cabin single use
  • Crow Creek

    Cabin
    • 1723 € / person in Cabin double/twin share
    • 2191 € /person in Cabin single use
  • Extra beds / Upgrades

    Extra person in extra bed 
    • 1734 € / adult
    • 1267 € / child 4-11 yrs
    First or Last night upgrade to Aurora cabin
    • Standard room ⇒ Aurora cabin: 338 EUR / room
    • Superior room ⇒ Aurora cabin: 304 EUR / room
    • Panorama cabin ⇒ Aurora cabin: 222 EUR / cabin
    • Inari Sauna Studio ⇒ Aurora cabin: 222 EUR / cabin
    • Inari Sauna Suite ⇒ Aurora cabin: 134 EUR / cabin
    • Cabin ⇒ Aurora Cabin: 394 EUR / cabin

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Inari Winter Break

  • Husky Experience

  • Winter Fishing trip

  • Arctic Night snowshoehike

A complete package to Experience Inari’s Winter as much as you can in 6 days!

Come and enjoy the snow, the frozen landscapes and their beautiful winter colors.Get to know the Sami culture through the museum, historical sites, our programs and local handicraft.Discover our wonderful nature by husky sledge, snowmobile or by snowshoeing. And don’t forget to chase the mythical Northern lights – The vast Lake Inari is a perfect place for that!

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Package includes
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast & Half board dinner served in Hotel Inari (from dinner Day 1 to breakfast Day 6)
  • Winter equipment (boots, overall, mittens, socks, hat)
  • Ivalo airport transfers
  • Siida entrance ticket
  • Free use of snowshoes or cross-country skis for 1 day
  • Aurora info
Following activities
  • Winter Fishing trip, 4 hours (2 persons/snowmobile – supplement for single driving: 40 €/person)
  • Northern Lights Search with Reindeer, 2 hours
  • Husky Experience, 3 hours (2 persons/sleigh)
  • Arctic Night Snowshoe hike, 2,5 hours
  • Cross country ski school, 2 hours
  • Aurora Hunting by Car, 4 hours
  • Available

    1 Dec 2024 – 31 Mar 2025

  • Duration

    5 nights/6 days
  • Notes

    • All meals are served in Hotel Inari. (500m from Holiday Village Inari)
    • The providers reserve the right to change the program due to safety, weather conditions etc.
    • All our activities include guiding in English, insurance, VAT and pick up from Holiday Village Inari (excluding Aurora info).
    • For snowmobile safaris, the driver of a snowmobile has to be at least 18 years old of age with a valid driver’s license.
    • Self-liability fee is max. 900 €/ snowmobile, in case of accident.

    Christmas & New Year supplement for 17 Dec – 5 Jan: 76 EUR / person

    Full description of package.

Rates

  • Hotel Inari

    Standard room
    • 1615 € / person in Standard double/twin room
    • 2036 € / person in Standard single room
    Superior room with own sauna
    • 1702 € / person in Superior double/twin room
    • 2211 € / person in Superior single room
    Glass balcony room
    • 1907 € / person in Glass balcony double/twin room
    • 2602 € / person in Glass balcony single room
  • Holiday Village Inari

    Panorama cabin
    • 1953 € / person in Panorama cabin double/twin share
    • 2602 € / person in Panorama cabin single use
    Inari Sauna Studio
    • 1953 € / person in Inari Sauna Studio double/twin share
    • 2749 € / person in Inari Sauna Studio single use
    Inari Sauna Suite
    • 2174 € / person in Inari Sauna Suite double/twin share
    • 3191 € / person in Inari Sauna Suite single use
    Aurora cabin
    • 2507 € / person in Aurora cabin double/twin share
    • 3858 € /person in Aurora cabin single use
  • Crow Creek

    Cabin
    • 1521 € / person in Cabin double/twin share
    • 1884 € /person in Cabin single use
  • Extra beds / Upgrades

    Extra person in extra bed 
    • 1558 € / adult
    • 1073 € / child 4-11 yrs
      First or Last night upgrade to Aurora cabin
      • Standard room ⇒ Aurora cabin: 338 EUR / room
      • Superior room ⇒ Aurora cabin: 304 EUR / room
      • Panorama cabin ⇒ Aurora cabin: 222 EUR / cabin
      • Inari Sauna Studio ⇒ Aurora cabin: 222 EUR / cabin
      • Inari Sauna Suite ⇒ Aurora cabin: 134 EUR / cabin
      • Cabin ⇒ Aurora Cabin: 394 EUR / cabin

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    Inari Aurora Package

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    A short but intense break in one of Europe’s best aurora viewing locations.

    Discover Sami culture and explore the region where there are more reindeer than people.

    Travel through the wild northern landscape by husky sled, snowmobile or snowshoe

    And don’t forget to watch the sky every night in case the mythical northern lights appear.

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    Price includes:

    • 3 nights’ accommodation
    • Half board (from dinner Day 1 to breakfast Day 4; served in Hotel Inari)
    • Winter equipment (boots, overall, mittens, socks, hat)
    • Transfer from Ivalo airport to Inari and return
    • Siida entrance ticket
    • Free use of snowshoes or cross-country skis for 1 day
    • Aurora info

    Following activities:

    • Snowshoe trip into the Lappish Nature, 2 hours
    • Exclusive Aurora Camp with sleigh ride, 3,5 hours
      (Supplement for shared snowmobile 47€ / person, supplement for single driving snowmobile 84€ / person)
    • Husky Safari, 3 hours (2 persons/ sleigh)
    • Aurora Hunting by Car, 4 hours
    • Available

      1 Dec 2024 – 31 Mar 2025

    • Duration

      3 nights/4days
    • Note

      Please note:

      • The order of activities might change, final itinerary will be provided upon arrival.
      • All meals are served in Hotel Inari. (500m from Holiday Village Inari, ca. 1km from Crow Creek)
      • The providers reserve the right to change the program due to safety, weather conditions etc.
      • All our activities include guiding in English, insurance, VAT and pick up from Holiday Village Inari and Crow Creek cabins (excluding Aurora info).
      • For snowmobile safaris, the driver of a snowmobile has to be at least 18 years old of age with a valid driver’s license.
      • The snowmobiles self-liability (own risk) is maximum 900€ / person / snowmobile / accident.
      • Possibility to pay a waiver of 28€ to reduce the Self-liability from 900€ to 150€.

      Christmas & New Year supplement for 17 Dec – 5 Jan: 76 EUR / person

      Full description of the package. 

    Rates

    • Hotel Inari

      Standard room
      • 1070€ / person in Standard double/twin room
      • 1318€ / person in Standard single room
      Superior room with own sauna
      • 1150€ / person in Superior double/twin room
      • 1451€ / person in Superior single room
      Glass balcony room
      • 1248€ / person in Glass balcony double/twin room

      • 1696€ / person in Glass balcony single room

    • Holiday Village Inari

      Panorama cabin
      • 1273€ / person in Panorama cabin double/twin share
      • 1746€ / person in Panorama cabin single useInari
      Sauna Studio
      • 1273€ / person in Inari Sauna Studio double/twin share
      • 1746€ / person in Inari Sauna Studio single useInari
      Sauna Suite
      • 1406€ / person in Inari Sauna Suite double/twin share
      • 2011€ / person in Inari Sauna Suite single use
      Aurora cabin
      • 1606€ / person in Aurora cabin double/twin share
      • 2411€ /person in Aurora cabin single use
    • Crow Creek

      Cabin
      • 1014€ / person in Cabin double/twin share
      • 1227€ / person in Cabin single use
    • Extra beds / Upgrades

      Extra person in extra bed
      • 1031€ / adult
      • 787€ / child 4-11 yrs
      First or Last night upgrade to Aurora cabin
      • Standard room ⇒ Aurora cabin: 338 EUR / room
      • Superior room ⇒ Aurora cabin: 304 EUR / room
      • Panorama cabin ⇒ Aurora cabin: 222 EUR / cabin
      • Inari Sauna Studio ⇒ Aurora cabin: 222 EUR / cabin
      • Inari Sauna Suite ⇒ Aurora cabin: 134 EUR / cabin
      • Cabin ⇒ Aurora Cabin: 394 EUR / cabin

      Christmas & New Year supplement for 17 Dec – 5 Jan: 76 EUR / person

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    Autumn Aurora Offer

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    • Husky farm visit

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    Capture the reflections of the Northern Lights on Lake Inari!
    • Experience the Autumn colors
    • Enjoy the outdoors and pick berries & mushrooms
    • Get to know the Sami culture through the museum, historical sites, our programs and local handicraft.
    • Chase the mythical Northern Lights – The vast Lake Inari is a perfect place for that!
    Package includes
    • 3 nights accommodation
    • Half board (from dinner Day 1 to breakfast Day 4)
    • Transfer from Ivalo airport to Inari and return
    • Siida entrance ticket
    • Aurora info
    Following activities
    • Exclusive Aurora camp (3,5h)
    • Husky Farm visit (1,5h)
    • Autumn Outdoors (3h)
    • Northern Lights Search on Lake Inari (2h) OR Aurora hunting by car (4h)
    • Available

      1 Sep – 30 Nov 2024

    • Duration

      3 nights/4days
    • Note

      • The order of activities might change, final itinerary will be provided upon arrival
      • After 20th Oct the Northern Lights Cruise on Lake Inari will be substituted for Aurora Hunting by Car due to ice forming on the lake
      • All meals are served in Hotel Inari (500m from Holiday Village Inari)
      • The providers reserve the right to change the program due to safety, weather conditions etc.
      • All our activities include guiding in English, insurance, VAT and pick up from Holiday Village Inari (excluding Aurora info)

    Rates

    • Hotel Inari

      Standard room
      • 819€ / person in Standard double/twin room
      • 1118€ / person in Standard single room
      Superior room with own sauna
      • 869€ / person in Superior double/twin room
      • 1217€ / person in Superior single room
    • Holiday Village Inari

      Panorama cabin
      • 862€ / person in Panorama cabin double/twin share
      • 1225€ / person in Panorama cabin single useInari
      Sauna Studio
      • 874€ / person in Inari Sauna Studio double/twin share
      • 1250€ / person in Inari Sauna Studio single useInari
      Sauna Suite
      • 982€ / person in Inari Sauna Suite double/twin share
      • 1466€ / person in Inari Sauna Suite single use
      Aurora cabin
      • 1088€ / person in Aurora cabin double/twin share
      • 1678€ /person in Aurora cabin single use
    • Crow Creek

      Cabin
      • 799€ / person in Cabin double/twin share
      • 1098€ / person in Cabin single use
    • Extra beds / Upgrades

      Extra person in extra bed
      • 785 EUR / adult
      • 615 EUR / child 4-11 yrs
      First or Last night upgrade to Aurora cabin
      • Standard room ⇒ Aurora cabin: 176 EUR / room
      • Superior room ⇒ Aurora cabin: 140 EUR / room
      • Panorama cabin ⇒ Aurora cabin: 164 EUR / cabin
      • Inari Sauna Studio ⇒ Aurora cabin: 156 EUR / cabin
      • Inari Sauna Suite ⇒ Aurora cabin: 78 EUR / cabin
      • Cabin ⇒ Aurora Cabin: 210 EUR / cabin

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    The Sámi People & Reindeer Husbandry

    SÁMI PEOPLE IN FINLAND

    The Sámi people are the only officially recognised indigenous peoples in the European Union. Estimated to be around 75,000 in number, there are around 9000 Sámis in Finland, over 40,000 in Norway, 15,000 – 20,000 in Sweden and 2000 in Russia. Although Sámi people are distributed across country borders, they consider themselves to belong to one land known as Sápmi or Sámiland, have one Sámi flag and their own national day which is celebrated on 6th February.

    Finland’s Sámi population has its own parliament which is responsible for linguistic and cultural self-government. The parliament operates out of Sajos in Inari village and is elected every fourth year. In Lapland’s northernmost municipalities Sámi students have a right to take their education in their own language. Efforts are also made to preserve the Sámi languages with immersive cultural day care centres for young children. In Finland three Sámi languages are spoken: Northern Sámi, Inari Sámi and Skolt Sámi.

    Although lean-tos, kotas and other traditional structures are still a part of the Sámi culture and environment all year round, people live in modern houses, dress in modern clothes and do not differ from Finns in their outward appearance. However, almost all Sámis have a Sámi dress, which is worn on important or special occasions. When wearing the beautifully made and decorated traditional dress, a Sámi person is representing their family and their region as well as showing respect for the occasion that they are attending.

    The majority of Sámis belong to the evangelical lutheran church. Skolt sámis are mostly Orthodox.

    These days over half of Sámi people live outside of the Sámi area, many of them in the Helsinki area.

    REINDEER HUSBANDRY

    Reindeer husbandry is commonly associated with traditional Sámi livelihoods, along with fishing, hunting and handicrafts. These days reindeer herding as a main livelihood has fallen considerably. Today Sámi people living in the north often combine their traditional livelihoods with services in travel and tourism, sometimes in addition to ordinary jobs within the community.

    Although reindeer are owned by different families and herders, they still graze with other herds on a collective grazing ground, used by a reindeer grazing association, known in Finnish as a ‘paliskunta‘. There are 56 ‘paliskunta’ in Finland, with each area having a limit of 200,000 reindeer on the pastures in order to allow the ground to recover and regenerate for continued use.

    Reindeer husbandry follows a yearly life cycle. Calves are born in May and June, which starts off the reindeer year. From midsummer (21 June) reindeer are gathered into their summer corrals (pens), where the new calves are marked by cutting a pattern into their ear with a knife. The earmark is unique to every reindeer herder whose herd will all bear the same pattern. Assembling the reindeer into their summer corrals is assisted by the swarms of mosquitoes, flies and other insects present at that time of year, who drive the irritated reindeer out of the forest and into the open tundra.

    As autumn draws in, the reindeer are rounded up again using quad bikes, mountain bikes and when the snow arrives, snowmobiles and helicopters. Once rounded up, the reindeer are separated, with those chosen for slaughter removed. Some males are castrated and some reindeer are removed for home use. Those who are not to be slaughtered are given anti-parasite treatment and released back into the wild.

    Events in Inari

    Inari village has many interesting cultural and nature orientated events throughout the year.

    Skábmagovat – The Indigenous Peoples’ Film Festival

    Skábmagovat (Reflections of the Endless Night) Indigenous Peoples’ Film Festival is organised yearly in January at the end of the Polar night in Inari. Films are shown at Siida, Sajos and in Siida’s snow theatre under the stars. Alongside Sámi films, the films of other indigenous peoples are shown. The programme is published at the end of the year and advance tickets go on sale in the new year.

    Inari’s King Reindeer Racing Championships

    Inari’s King Reindeer racing championships take place every spring on the ice of frozen Lake Inari near the shore of Holiday Village Inari. This colourful outdoor event is suitable for all ages!

    Inari’s Trolling Competition

    Inari’s Trolling Competition is organised every year in July. The competition area is on a section of Lake Inari, from Inari village to the southern part of Kasari. The competition base and the finishing line are at the harbour of Inari village.

    Inari Week

    Traditional village festivities, children’s activities, market stalls, concerts, theatre, performing artists and of course the Water Cross snowmobile competition all take place during this week in July.

    Inari week is one of the biggest happenings of the summer, with events and activities for all ages organised throughout the whole municipality.

    Ijahis Idja – The Indigenous Peoples’ Music Festival

    Ijahis Idja is the Indigenous People’s Music Festival which has been organised in Inari village since 2004. The event is the only music festival in Finland that focuses on Sámi music. Every year the festival includes guest performers from other indigenous backgrounds.