Lake Inari
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JariJK
By JariJK
Very interesting cruise on the World's 2nd largest lake totally north of the Arctic Circle
Jul 2022
We took part in a lake cruise organized by Visit Inari Safaris. The harbor is next to Siida (Sami Museum) and the cruise takes 2-3 hours. In summer and in autumn they have daily cruises at 1 pm (in July also at 5 pm) with an electric-hybrid catamaran. Departures are guaranteed (min. 1 adult is enough). You get a ticket from the boat. Usually you don't need a reservation but you can make an online reservation if you want. The catamaran has 120 seats. Most of them are indoor seats. So this cruise is a good idea also in rainy or cold weather. There are small sundecks both on the bow of the catamaran and at the stern of the catamaran. The catamaran was half empty. So we could change places easily. Sometimes we were in and sometimes out. They have a very small bar, too. You can buy coffee, tea, wine, beer and small snacks. This cruise is the easiest way to enjoy Lake Inari, which is the World's 2nd largest lake totally north of the Arctic Circle. On the cruise you hear Finnish and English audio guiding about the nature and the history of Lake Inari. There are 3,300 islands in Lake Inari and you see some of them, e.g. Ukonsaari (Ukko Island), which has been a holy place of Sami people. You see also cemetery islands. Because of predators old cemeteries are located on islands so that predators don't dig deceased people up. On request the 1 pm cruise stops at Pielpavuono if waves aren't too big. From Pielpavuono you can start a hike to the historical Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church (read separate Tripadvisor reviews). The distance from Pielpavuono to the church is about 3 kilometers. From there you have to come back to Inari independently by yourself. The walking distance from the church to the nearest parking place is about 5 kilometers (the trail is marked) and from there to the center of Inari about 3 kilometers.

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JariJK
Kouvola, Finland5,285 contributions
Jul 2022
We took part in a lake cruise organized by Visit Inari Safaris. The harbor is next to Siida (Sami Museum) and the cruise takes 2-3 hours. In summer and in autumn they have daily cruises at 1 pm (in July also at 5 pm) with an electric-hybrid catamaran. Departures are guaranteed (min. 1 adult is enough). You get a ticket from the boat. Usually you don't need a reservation but you can make an online reservation if you want.

The catamaran has 120 seats. Most of them are indoor seats. So this cruise is a good idea also in rainy or cold weather. There are small sundecks both on the bow of the catamaran and at the stern of the catamaran. The catamaran was half empty. So we could change places easily. Sometimes we were in and sometimes out. They have a very small bar, too. You can buy coffee, tea, wine, beer and small snacks.

This cruise is the easiest way to enjoy Lake Inari, which is the World's 2nd largest lake totally north of the Arctic Circle. On the cruise you hear Finnish and English audio guiding about the nature and the history of Lake Inari. There are 3,300 islands in Lake Inari and you see some of them, e.g. Ukonsaari (Ukko Island), which has been a holy place of Sami people. You see also cemetery islands. Because of predators old cemeteries are located on islands so that predators don't dig deceased people up.

On request the 1 pm cruise stops at Pielpavuono if waves aren't too big. From Pielpavuono you can start a hike to the historical Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church (read separate Tripadvisor reviews). The distance from Pielpavuono to the church is about 3 kilometers. From there you have to come back to Inari independently by yourself. The walking distance from the church to the nearest parking place is about 5 kilometers (the trail is marked) and from there to the center of Inari about 3 kilometers.
Written 26 July 2022
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Anindita M
Kolkata (Calcutta), India44 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
We a group of approx 50 person went for a group holiday for Iceland and Lapland tour.It was a dream tour.We were at lake Inari on 28th November.As it was within polar night period we could only see a glimpse of sun for few minutes.Everywhere it was white.. beautiful
Written 10 December 2019
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EdwinVdO
London, UK1,117 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
When in Northern Lapland you must take the 3h cruise on lake Inari.
This cruise is very well organised and great value for money.
There is drinks and food on board and a toilet.
Weather permitting you can walk on the sacred island in the middle of the lake.
A must-do event.
Written 10 September 2019
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kjetil67
Bergen, Norway17 contributions
Jul 2018
one visit on my route to Russia in eletric car. a fantastic tour. Finnland is amazing place to visit.
Written 16 January 2019
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MICHELLE K.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates81 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
One of the most incredible lakes when frozen! Make sure you go ice fishing on Lake Inari in the winter!
Written 13 November 2018
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Tunahan G
Istanbul, Turkey31 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
I was in Inari on 2017 summer what a fantastic nature. we sleep next to the Inari river in some laavoo. Some kind of half mökki :). Really nice walk to Inari river bridge ,if you like to nature and silence you are on the right adress.On summer 24 hours daylight,it was so surprising for me.
I II never ever forget that two fantastic days.
Written 3 March 2018
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nyxmoko
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia322 contributions
Dec 2017 • Friends
Lake was frozen over when I was in Finland. We went there two nights for aurora hunting and got an absolutely stunning display of northern lights. One of my favourite places in Lapland!
Written 30 December 2017
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SonalHubli
Faridabad, India36 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
Lovely place with amazing people and beautiful surroundings
Felt like a dream
Northern lights took us to the next world.
Seemed like we are the most luckiest people God chose us to show the wonders he created..
Must visit place.would love to be there again and again and again
Sonal And Mohit
HUBLI KARNATAKA
INDIA
Written 11 December 2017
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dghosh02015
Kolkata (Calcutta), India314 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
We spent six nights on the bank of Lake Inari and it was an incredible experience. With the full moon glittering on the lake water and little ripples continuously touching the shore, it was the most beautiful evening we have ever spent. Unlike the other lakes I have seen in India and other countries, Lake Inari is possibly the cleanest one, due to its remoteness. It is having an area of around 1000 Sq km, and it is the third largest lake of Finland. During our stay in the hotel we were served with fish they caught from the lake and it was delicious.
Written 27 September 2017
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Joo K
Singapore, Singapore51 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
Was initially not sure if a cruise on a lake in the middle of the day would be enjoyable but was proven wrong. Very informative narration about the lake and the boat was very stable. The walk ukko island was very good and scenic. Definitely worth the 23€.
Written 6 September 2017
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